San Francisco, CA -- 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 the final summary of recovery efforts. January 8, 2001, was the last day to register for disaster assistance.
- Over 2,000 victims have registered for assistance by telephone through FEMA's toll-free registration line.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $4.6 million in low-interest disaster loans.
- To date, FEMA has issued approximately over 1,100 checks for temporary disaster housing, totaling nearly $2.4 million.
- Over $1.1 million in grants have been approved for individuals and families for serious, disaster-related needs not met through other sources.
- A FEMA grant of $63,000 has been given to the state Department of Health to provide counseling and other mental health services to disaster victims.
People 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).