Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

This page contains selected Internet links on business and personal disaster preparedness and recovery. It is not intended to be complete or authoritative guidance on any of these topics, merely a starting place for individuals and small businesses in the state of Hawai‘i to begin their information search. Please rely on your local, state, or Federal officials for official guidance, instructions, and direction, and contact them with any questions that you might have.

Puna Rising - Helping our Ohana

Hawaii State Civil Defense

County of Kaua‘i - Emergency Management Agency

City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management

County of Maui Civil Defense

County of Hawai‘i Civil Defense

Hawaii Disaster Guide

Hawaii Disaster Guide-Worksheets

O‘ahu Disaster Relief Agencies

Federal Emergency Management Agency
- www.fema.gov

Businesses seeking disaster recovery assistance are encouraged to contact FEMA to register their request - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit http://www.fema.gov

The Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals:  http://www.fema.gov/disaster-assistance-available-fema

U.S. Small Business Administration

If you suffered any disaster related damage you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Individuals that are Homeowners and Renters must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to obtain a FEMA Registration ID Number by calling 1-800-621-3362. The speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.

Physical Disaster Business Loans

Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster damages to property owned by the business, including real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and supplies. Businesses of any size are eligible. Nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc. are also eligible: 

Economic Injury Disaster Business Loans
Loans for working capital to small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives to assist them through the disaster recovery period. EIDL assistance is available only to applicants with no Credit Available Elsewhere - if the business and its owners cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources:




SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Eligible Kauai Small Businesses 

Small nonfarm businesses in Kauai County are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by rainfall, flooding and landslides that occurred April 13-20, 2018.  

Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.  These loans have an interest rate of 3.58 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster on May 3, 2018. 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Emergency Loan Assistance to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine. For information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=efl.

American Red Cross Guidance for Business and Industry


Other Useful Preparedness Links


The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This web site provides general information about the Hawai'i SBDC and other resource partners. The information contained in this website is not necessarily complete and does not constitute a contract. Information is subject to change at any given moment without prior notice and at the Hawai‘i SBDC's discretion. 

The Hawai‘i SBDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hawai‘i SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency as well as reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities.