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Sen. Schatz Urges FEMA, SBA to Quickly Approve Aid Requests

April 20, 2018, 8:27 AM HST (Updated April 20, 2018, 8:27 AM)
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U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) on April 20, 2018, to be ready to swiftly approve any request from the State of Hawai‘i for a disaster declaration for communities affected by flooding on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu.

In letters to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, Sen. Schatz thanked them for their efforts to date, and requested that the federal agencies stand ready to approve any forthcoming requests from the state.

“As residents prepare for more storms and costs continue to grow for homeowners, businesses and counties, federal assistance from FEMA will be vital in ensuring that communities are able to rebuild homes, repair infrastructure and clean up debris,” Sen. Schatz wrote in his letter to FEMA. “I ask that you continue to work closely with the State of Hawai‘i and be as flexible as possible when the state submits a request for disaster assistance for the communities impacted by the flooding.”

Sen. Schatz’s office is also working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to obtain emergency funding to rebuild Kaua‘i’s Kūhiō Highway and other federal roads and highways. FHWA has confirmed it will reimburse the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation for emergency repairs and essential traffic restoration.

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To read a copy of Sen. Schatz’s letter to FEMA, click here.

To read a copy of Sen. Schatz’s letter to SBA, click here.

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