For Immediate Release:
Press Release by:
Tamara Paltin, Chair
Disaster, Resilience, International Affairs and Planning Committee
Committee to meet Wednesday on wildfire-recovery efforts
WAILUKU, Hawaiʻi (Oct. 2, 2023)—The Disaster, Resilience, International Affairs and Planning Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to receive updates on recovery efforts in response to the August 2023 wildfires, including temporary and transitional housing, said Committee Chair Tamara Paltin.
Paltin said the committee will hear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Red Cross and more. No legislative action will be taken at the meeting.
“I strongly encourage community members to send their questions for resource personnel before Wednesday’s meeting via eComment or by emailing DRIP.Committee@mauicounty.us or Tamara.Paltin@mauicounty.us,” said Paltin, who holds the council seat for the West Maui residency area. “We would like to work efficiently with these organizations to provide answers for our community.”
In-person, online and phone testimony is welcome at all meetings. Testimony instructions are on the meeting agenda, available at mauicounty.us/agendas.
Presiding Officer Pro Tempore Tasha Kama, who chairs the Housing and Land Use Committee, said she canceled her committee meeting on Wednesday to allow more time for public testimony and updates from disaster-relief organizations.
“The recent wildfire disasters in Lāhainā and Kula have drastically escalated our community’s lack of housing to a disaster in its own right,” said Kama, who holds the council seat for the Kahului residency area. “We must address this critical housing need now, and I look forward to hearing the ideas, proposals and public testimony on ways to provide temporary and transitional housing for our people.”
For more information, please contact committee staff at DRIP.Committee@mauicounty.us or call (808) 270-7838.