San Francisco, CA -- Nearly 1,600 Big Island flood victims have registered for assistance through FEMA's toll-free Teleregistration number as of close of business, Thursday, December 14, 2000.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved over $3.8 million in low-interest disaster loans.
To date, nearly 800 FEMA temporary disaster housing checks totaling almost $1.7 million have been issued to flood victims requiring rental assistance or minimal repairs to their homes.
- Approximately 1,200 flood victims have visited the Hilo Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) seeking recovery and assistance information. The center will close at 6 p.m. today.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to eligible applicants impacted by the October 28 to November 2 storms and flooding on the Big Island through the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
- Residents of the Big Island who were affected by the disaster and who have not yet registered for assistance are reminded to call the toll free Teleregistration number 1-800-462-9029. Speech- and hearing-impaired call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
- Those who have registered and need further information about assistance programs or the status of their applications should call the FEMA Helpline 1-800-525-0321. Speech- and hearing-impaired call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).