HONOLULU, Hawaii -- In the week since the federal disaster was declared recovery assistance to residents of the City and County of Honolulu has reached more than $400,000 in approved funds. To date 234 applicants have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as a result of the severe storms and flooding Dec. 10-16, 2008.
As of Jan. 11, $374,872 of the $416,480 approved has been designated for FEMA's disaster Housing Assistance (HA). HA provides funds to help perform minimal repairs, provide assistance for renters, and homeowners whose residences are uninhabitable. To date, as part of the application process, 182 homes have been inspected to verify disaster-related damages.
Affected residents are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance either by calling FEMA's tele-registration number 1-800-621-3362 (for hearing or speech impaired TTY 800-462-7585) or going online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.