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Disaster Recovery Information and Assistance

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawai‘i County that have been affected by the Kīlauea eruption. The following resources are available to those affected by the disaster. Please check directly with the agency offering the aid for more information and eligibility requirements.

Disaster Recovery Center

Please visit the Disaster Recovery Center at the Pāhoa Community Center to register with FEMA for one-on-one assistance and to get information about disaster assistance programs. Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and county agencies, and nonprofit groups are available to answer your questions and help you apply for assistance.

Pāhoa Community Center
15-3022 Kauhale Street
Pāhoa, HI 96778

Hours as of September 17, 2018:

  • Weekdays: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The Disaster Recovery Center at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3022 Kauhale Street in Pahoa will close permanently on Friday, September 28.

Individual Assistance Report

Register With FEMA for Individual Assistance

We encourage individuals to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance. Both renters and homeowners may be eligible for federal assistance with temporary housing expenses, essential home repairs, legal matters, and personal property or disaster related needs not covered by insurance such as clothing, childcare, room furnishings and appliances, medical and dental costs, vehicles, and moving and storage expenses.

You may register in-person at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Pāhoa Community Center, open weekdays from 8am – 6pm and Saturdays from 8am - 4pm. If you have left the area or cannot get to the Disaster Recovery Center, you may also register by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or online at

*Deadline for registration is September 12, 2018*

For more information, please visit the Official FEMA Disaster information site.

Disaster Loans

Various low-interest loans are available to those affected by the disaster. Please contact agency offering the loan for eligibility requirements and more information.

For Individuals

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest Home Disaster Loans to homeowners, and renters to repair or replace damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles. For more information and to apply, please visit

For Businesses and Farms

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest Business Physical Disaster Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and nonprofits. For more information and to apply, please visit
  • USDA Farm Service Agency offers a variety of disaster programs and services to help affected farmers, ranchers, and businesses.
  • Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture offers low-interest emergency agricultural loans and microloans to farm business.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If the disaster caused you to lose your primary source of income because you can no longer work, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Learn more and apply.

Tax Relief

Taxpayers affected by the disaster may be eligible for extensions to file and pay, and waivers for penalties and interest. For more information, please refer to:

Other Information

Evacuation Shelter - Pet-Friendly

Shelter is located at the following location. It is pet friendly. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 808-961-8311.

Pāhoa Community Center
15-3022 Kauhale Street
Pāhoa, HI 96778
Scheduled to cease operations at 12:00pm, September 17, 2018 - Press Release

Drinking Water

Mail Service

In addition to normal business hours, the Pāhoa Post Office has temporarily extended Sunday hours from 10am-2pm on Sundays to provide service to residents in evacuated areas; no retail services will be available.

Voter Information

Voters assigned to the polling places at the Pāhoa Community Center and Pāhoa High/Intermediate School will have absentee ballots mailed to them due to volcanic activity. Read more about absentee ballots or call 808-961-8277 for more information.

Insurance Information

Non-Government & Non-Profit Organizations

Many nonprofit and nongovernment organization are offering assistance to those affected by the disaster. Many of these organizations are at the Disaster Recovery Center. Please contact the organization directly for more information or to make a donation.

Health Information

Air Quality & Vog

Volcanic Hazards & Ashfall

Mental Health

Department of Health Crisis Line: residents and visitors who have been affected by the recent eruptions and are seeking help in coping with mental or emotional effects, call toll-free: 1-800-753-6879

Volcanic Activity

USGS (United States Geological Survey)

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