May 11, 2018

Hirono Statement on Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Hawaii Island

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President’s approval of a federal disaster declaration to bolster the response to volcanic activity on Hawaii Island. 

“Federal, state, and county governments are coordinating and working together to ensure the safety of Hawaii Island residents and to assist communities affected by the ongoing volcanic activity on Hawaii Island,” Senator Hirono said. “The approval of a federal disaster declaration will increase the resources for public safety and infrastructure repair.”

Earlier today, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation wrote to President Trump in support of Governor David Ige’s federal disaster declaration request. This week, Senator Hirono received updates from and offered her support to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX Administrator Robert Fenton, and U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Tina Neal.

Senator Hirono published resources and information from government agencies on her website for Hawaii residents affected by recent natural disasters. This page includes instructions for replacing important documents and updated information on federal services in impacted communities.