WalletHub just released their list of 2019’s Happiest States in America, and the Aloha State comes out at the top as the happiest state. The company analyzed all fifty states using research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s well-being and satisfaction in life. Happiness is influenced by a variety of internal and external factors but where we choose to live can have a significant influence on our quality of life.
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The state of Hawaii and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are operating a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Recovery Center, opened on June 29th, to offer assistance to Kauai and Oahu residents that were affected by the flooding, mudslides and landslides that took place this April. FEMA has approved approximately $281,000 in individual assistance grant funding. Deadline to apply for individual physical damage assistance is August 27th, 2018, while impacted small businesses can apply until March 27, 2019.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently released its guideline for regulatory relief of financial institutions affected by natural disasters in Hawaii. The guide outlines the steps by which it will help these regulated entities make a full recovery from accrued damages.