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The official made the comment Monday while appearing remotely in a White House briefing with Press Secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre to provide an on-the-ground update about the federal response and recovery efforts in Hawaii.
“We also want to make sure we are getting all of the appropriate information out to survivors,” Criswell said after explaining the administration’s “whole-of-government approach” to helping survivors.
FEMA ADMINISTRATOR CRISWELL: "We are working with our state and local partners to ensure that our outreach and our messaging is also culturally responsive." pic.twitter.com/RyuU5K4S9g
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 14, 2023
“So we are working with our state and local partners to ensure that our outreach and our messaging is also culturally responsive and that we can get messages out to people so they know what is available to them,” she added.
Last week, a fire decimated the historic town of Lahaina in Maui, leading to search efforts in the hard-hit area during which the death toll has slowly risen toward the 100 mark. With possibly more than 2,000 buildings destroyed or damaged, officials have estimated it will cost billions of dollars to rebuild.
Cultural landmarks were among the many sites observed to be engulfed in the blaze, including the Waiola Church where Hawaiian monarchs had been buried, a historic Shin Buddhist temple called the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, and the Lahaina Heritage Museum, according to ABC News.
And there is an “iconic” banyan tree on Front Street that was “deeply damaged,” Sen. Mazie Hirino (D-HI) said in a post to X. But, the senator added, the tree is “still standing” and after “speaking with the arborist working on the tree, I’m optimistic that it will bloom again — serving as a symbol of hope amid so much devastation.”
The iconic banyan tree on Front Street is deeply damaged, but still standing.
After speaking with the arborist working on the tree, I’m optimistic that it will bloom again – serving as a symbol of hope amid so much devastation. pic.twitter.com/skzgQ6uSPz
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) August 13, 2023
“As residents of Hawai’i mourn the loss of life and devastation taking place across their beautiful home, we mourn with them. Like I’ve said, not only our prayers are with those impacted — but every asset we have will be available to them,” Biden said in a post to X on Monday.