San Francisco, CA January 5, 2001 -- Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Big Island residents in the wake of the November storms and flooding. The following is a summary of ongoing disaster recovery efforts for the period of January 1-5.
- Over 1,800 flood victims have registered for assistance through FEMA's toll-free Teleregistration number as of close of business, Thursday, January 4, 2001.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $4.4 million in low-interest disaster loans.
- To date, FEMA has issued approximately 1,100 checks for temporary disaster housing, totaling nearly $2.2 million.
- Over $1 million dollars in grants have been provided to individuals and families for serious, disaster-related needs not met through other sources.
NEXT MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE to register for assistance. Residents of the Big Island who were affected by the disaster may register until 5 p.m., January 8, 2001, by calling the toll-free FEMA Teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029. Those with speech or hearing difficulties should 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, or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).