The Disaster Recovery Center opens today, Friday, September 1, in Lahaina to help residents who were affected by the Maui wildfires.
In keeping with Native Hawaiian tradition, a kumu (community elder) blessed the facilities before the official opening of the new Disaster Recovery Center in Lahaina.
At the Disaster Recovery Center, visitors may learn about local, state, and federal assistance programs and register for FEMA assistance although it is not necessary to register in person. However, Disaster Recovery Centers are open to those who would like to speak, in person, to a FEMA specialist or representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the American Red Cross.
The Lahaina Disaster Recovery Center is located at:
Lahaina Civic Center Gymnasium
1840 Honoapiilani Highway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Opens: 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1
Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
FEMA mitigation advisers will be at the Disaster Recovery Centers to offer tips about rebuilding and protecting homes from disaster-related damage. Most of the information provided is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.
Specialists from the SBA, which provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes, will also be at the Disaster Recovery Centers. For more information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/hawaii-wildfires .
In addition to applying for FEMA assistance, survivors are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or speak to a representative at the recovery center. The Red Cross is providing financial assistance, temporary housing in hotels and other services to people, including survivors who are not eligible for some FEMA programs.
Disaster Recovery Center specialists can also answer questions about assistance programs as well as clarify next steps and give helpful information.
Here are the ways to register for FEMA assistance:
- Go to DisasterAssistance.gov
- Use the FEMA mobile app
- Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service when you apply. Helpline operators speak many languages and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.
- For an American Sign Language video on how to apply, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7wzRjByhI&list=PL720Kw_OojlKOhtKG7HM_0n_kEawus6FC&index=6
- You may also visit any Disaster Recovery Center. Find one here: fema.gov/drc