Disaster assistance for lava-flow victims considered

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
A small shed is consumed by lava in the pasture between Pahoa cemetery and Apa'a Street. (Photo by U.S. Geological Society

A small shed is consumed by lava in the pasture between Pahoa cemetery and Apa’a Street. (Photo by U.S. Geological Society

Gwen Galloway
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Federal civilian employees living on the Big Island of Hawaii and impacted by the current lava flow may be eligible for emergency financial assistance.

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) provides emergency financial assistance for civilian federal employees
through Natural Disaster Grants and loans.

Just as Army Emergency Relief was established by Soldiers for Soldiers, FEEA was established by federal civilians for federal civilians. With lava flowing on the Big Island, FEEA representatives stand ready to assist with Natural
Disaster Grants, according to Army Community Service senior officials.

Federal employees experiencing major losses or needing to relocate due to a declared natural disaster may apply for a grant and may later apply for a loan, if needed. How much is awarded is set on a case-by-case or per disaster basis.

About AER
Army Emergency Relief is funded by the generous donations of active duty Soldiers, retirees and civilians who have donated either online at the AER website (www.aerhq.org) or at the unit level during the annual fundraising
campaign held each year from March 1-May 15.

During the 2014 annual fundraising campaign at Schofield Barracks, the community collected over $270,000 in donations. To date, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii has assisted almost 1,200 Soldiers with over $1.7 million in assistance, to include emergency travel, which remains one of the most requested categories.
(Note: Galloway is the AER officer at Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, USAG-HI.)

Lava Disaster Contacts
Applications and more information on what FEEA has to offer may be found by
calling (303) 933-7580 or visiting www.feea.org/programs/emergency-assistance/natural-disaster-grants.

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