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Aug 21
Hawaii Wildfire: Humanitarian Relief Efforts

Hawaii wildfires: Dozens dead in catastrophic natural disasterIn partnership with the Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association (HIIAA), the Trusted Choice® Relief Fund has directed financial resources to Maui to support those dealing with the aftermath of the wildfires.

The fire that started Aug. 6 was the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century, with a death toll of at least 114.  The historic city of Lahaina was almost completely destroyed, and more than 2,200 structures were destroyed or damaged by the fires, about 86% residential, according to Hawaii Governor Josh Green.

In coordination with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) and FEMA, HIIA staff will be in Maui to deliver much needed humanitarian aid to insurance professionals dealing with the aftermath of these fires. The Trusted Choice Relief Fund is available to provide financial assistance to insurance industry personnel impacted by the wildfires. 

Funds provide Big “I" state associations and member agencies and brokers with financial support for immediate or ongoing needs when other resources are not available, filling the gap until other funding sources become accessible. The fund also provides insurance agents with supplies and resources to aid victims and surviving family members in their communities.

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Established by the IIAA Educational Foundation in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, the fund distributes cash grants to victims and surviving family members of natural disasters. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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