If you, your friends, neighbors, relatives or co-workers have been personally impacted by this horrific event, know that United Policyholders’ staff and volunteers will be making our wildfire recovery expertise and support easily accessible and current, now and in the months and years ahead.
United Policyholders is a non-profit organization that has three-plus decades of expertise in wildfire recovery, insurance, repairs and rebuilding. We offer reliable strategies, information and pearls of wisdom and support. We’re rooting for you and here to help. No strings attached. We don’t sell our services or provide one-on-one professional claim or legal help, but we offer honest, free and experienced guidance and links to reliable professional and government resources.
“Team UP ” (our staff, volunteers and partners) includes people who were born and raised on Maui, people who live and work on Maui, and people who’ve navigated recovering from a total or partial wildfire loss in the past. We offer emotional support from people who genuinely care about helping you navigate successfully because they’ve “been there, done that” after past wildfires. Our hearts and minds are with those who’ve been impacted by this horrific event.
If your property is damaged or was destroyed, through our Roadmap to Recovery® program, you can access free, trustworthy help navigating the process of returning to a wildfire damaged area, repairing and replacing damaged and destroyed property, and collecting all available insurance funds.
Below you will find shortcuts to items in our extensive library of resources that should be most useful and relevant to your current situation.Download Wildfire Recovery Guide
President Biden approved a major disaster declaration related to this event. Please check this page on the FEMA website for updates and information on their assistance offerings.
Hawaii Governor Green extended an eviction moratorium and prohibition against rent increases on Maui with an 8th Emergency Proclamation. Contact the Attorney General’s office if your Maui landlord is raising the rent from what it was on August 9th. The renewed Emergency Proclamation will be in effect through March 5, 2024.
Visit the www.MauiRecovers.org for regular updates and links to useful information.
- Dec 26, 2023 – New Hours of Operation for the Lahaina Disaster Recovery Center
Effective Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, operational hours will be modified for the Lahaina Disaster Recovery Center. Download the Media Advisory
- SBA Disaster Assistance Locations – Declaration #18061
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Watch our FIRST STEPS AFTER A WILDFIRE video here.
Taking it in and Getting Started
President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration related to this event. Please check this page on the FEMA website for updates and information about how to apply for assistance.Resources General
- First Steps After a Wildfire
- Primeros Pasos Despues de un Incendio Forestal
- Top 10 Insurance Claim Tips
- A Simplified Guide to Your Homeowners Policy
- Sample Letter Requesting Complete Copy of Homeowners Policy
- Speak UP: How to communicate with your insurance company
- Avoiding Frauds and Scams After a Disaster
- 2023 Hawaii Wildfires Recovery Guide
- Register with FEMA (if/when declared)
- Insurance Lingo en Español
- AT&T Disaster Recovery - Customer Relief
Arranging Temporary Housing
TIP: If your home was destroyed or damaged in the wildfire, when you file your insurance claim, be sure to ask for a cash advance of your “Additional Living Expense” coverage to help you get situated.Resources General
Getting Organized, Informed and Empowered
- Getting Debris Removed
Being Proactive in Documenting and Valuing Your Losses
If you lost your home, please read through the steps and publications on this page and sign up to receive updates from us that will help you in your recovery.
Partial Losses/Standing Homes
If your home was spared but was exposed to extreme heat and smoke, we offer specialized guidance on partial loss insurance claim issues related to proper cleaning, inspecting for damage, restoring healthy indoor air quality and repairing obvious as well as hidden damage.Resources General
- Insurance Recovery Tips for the Dwelling Part of Your Claim
- The Scoop on “Scope” (of loss)
- Guidelines For Reviewing Adjusters’ And Contractors’ Estimates
- Xactimate Demystified
- Survivors Speak: Estimating Your Loss
- Sample Letters and Claim Documents
- Reimbursement for Claim Preparation Expenses
- Insurance Coverage for Damaged or Destroyed Septic Systems
- Guest Blog: Mobile Inspections for Property Claims
- Creating Your Home Inventory and Navigating Your Contents Claim
Making Housing and Financial Decisions
Relief is available at the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for Homeowners Impacted by Maui WildfiresResources General
Choosing a Contractor
Working with Your Mortgage Company
Your mortgage company cannot require you pay off your loan with your insurance proceeds, but they will typically be listed on the insurance payments along with you. Fannie Mae’s Here2Help program can help eligible homeowners navigate the broader financial impacts of disaster and the challenging recovery process with a team of HUD-approved housing counselors offering:
- A personalized recovery assessment and action plan
- Help with claims and denials from FEMA, insurance, mortgage servicers, and other sources
- Web resources and ongoing guidance and check-ins from experienced disaster relief advisors
Homeowners can call 877-437-3243 to access this program or other available resources.
Visit Fannie Mae’s FannieMae.com/HERE2HELP consumer website for housing resources, including details on disaster relief.Resources General
Getting help if/when you need it
If you suffer a major loss involving a large sum of money, you may need to hire professional help to get a full and fair settlement. If you need assistance beyond insurance claim help, check with your local government and nonprofit organizations to see if disaster case management is available to help you develop a realistic long-term recovery plan (please note this should not replace professional help). The disaster case manager can help identify and facilitate access to appropriate community resources that will support the plan. This typically will be set up during the long-term recovery phase.Resources General
- Taking Care of Yourself Along the Way
Government Bulletins & Announcements
Visit the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management Agency for updates and links to useful information.
- For updates on Maui, visit the County of Maui website: https://www.mauicounty.gov/
- Civic alerts (most updated information): https://www.mauicounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx
- For updates on Hawai‘i Island, visit the Hawaiʻi County website: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/
- Disaster-related Emergency Proclamations are viewable here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/category/newsroom/
FEMA Fact Sheet. Beware of Frauds and Scams