President Clinton Declares an Emergency in the State of Hawaii (11/9/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                             Immediate                           Release
November 9, 2000


     The  President  today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Hawaii  and  ordered  Federal  aid  to  supplement state and local recovery
efforts  in  the  area  struck  by  severe storms and flooding beginning on
October 28, 2000 and continuing through November 2, 2000.

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
individuals and local governments in Hawaii County.

     Assistance  can  include  disaster  housing, grants, low-cost loans to
cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and
business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

     Federal  funding  also is available to eligible local governments on a
cost-sharing  basis  for  the  repair  or  replacement of public facilities
damaged  by  the  severe  storms  and  flooding.   Federal  funding is also
available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

     James  L.  Witt,  Director  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA),  named  William  L. Carwile III as the Federal Coordinating Officer
for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

     The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and
additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.


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