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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today signed an Emergency Declaration after inspecting areas damaged hardest by Thursday’s storm and speaking with affected residents.

"We are moving swiftly to ensure those who are suffering receive the help they need," Mayor Hannemann said. "This weather event is not over yet, and damage estimates are still being compiled, but we want to be sure that the proper assistance mechanisms are in motion."

Mayor Hannemann and a team of top City officials inspected damage and met with residents in Haleiwa, Waialua, Waipahu, and Waianae. Additional teams of City and State officials also fanned out across the island to conduct a Rapid Needs Assessment, which will continue tomorrow.

The Emergency Declaration provides a mechanism to grant partial property tax refunds to eligible homeowners and waive building permit fees to facilitate repairs.

The Declaration is also the first step in requesting additional disaster relief assistance from the State and Federal governments, Small Business Administration and others.

The City’s Department of Environmental Services will soon schedule additional bulky item pickups for storm debris in hard-hit areas.

Residents are asked to separate their debris into the following categories to facilitate pick-up and place items on the curb fronting your property:

    • Green waste
    • Bulky items
    • Hazardous waste
    • Demolition and construction material

The City has established a special hotline for residents to report damage and assistance needs.

The number is 768-4385. The hotline will be staffed at the following times:

    • Sunday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM
    • Monday thru Friday from 7:45AM to 4:30PM

The City is requesting that residents assist in identifying types of damage and assistance needed. To aid in the recovery process, the City is asking the public for help identifying specific needs, including:

    • Emergency Sheltering needs
    • Damage to homes and businesses
    • The need for debris removal
    • Clogged streams or drains
    • Areas of Oahu with utility outages
    • Damage to roads and bridges
    • Damage to public buildings
    • Other types of damages

Oahu residents in need of emergency shelter due to flooding and high winds can go to:

Waianae District Park

Brigham Young University Gymnasium - Kahuku

Shelters at these locations will be managed and operated by the American Red Cross. 

Additional shelters can be opened if needed. Anyone experiencing a flood-related emergency or needing emergency sheltering should call 9-1-1 immediately.


Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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