HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Only one week remains to register for assistance for the Kiholo Earthquake. Recovery officials urge homeowners, renters and business owners of The Big Island who sustained losses to register for assistance now, if they have not already done so.
The deadline for registering for aid under President Bush's disaster declaration is 6 p.m. local time Friday, December 22, 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Civil Defense.
Don't delay. Register by logging onto www.fema.gov or by calling toll free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) Monday through Friday.
"This is your last opportunity. If you have not yet contacted FEMA for your earthquake damage, make sure to do so by December 22," Lee Rosenberg, federal coordinating officer, said.
"You should register before the deadline to protect your eligibility for disaster assistance. If you are pending an insurance settlement, you may still have unmet needs that may be eligible under federal disaster assistance programs," said Ed Teixeira, state coordinating officer.
If you have already registered and have questions about your application or want to report additional damage from aftershocks, call the helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Make sure to have you registration number available.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.