HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Hawaii State Civil Defense will open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in affected communities across Oahu beginning Saturday, Jan. 17. ?The DRCs will provide face-to-face assistance to those suffering damage from the severe storms and flooding that occurred between Dec. 10 and Dec. 16, 2008.
DRCs will be open at four locations, six days a week from Saturday, Jan. 17th until further notice.?Hours will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday ? Friday), and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays.?
The DRCs will not be open on Sundays, but will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19th.? Locations are as follows:
?HALEIWA - Waialua Community Association, (Historic Haleiwa Gym),
66-434 Kamehameha Highway
LAIE - Laie Shopping Center,
55-510 Kamehameha Highway
WAIANAE - Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-620 Farrington Highway
WAIIPAHU - Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola Street
Homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or Hearing impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily HST until further notice. Online registration is available anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
DRC staff will not turn away those who are not registered with FEMA, but advise that registering ahead of time can expedite the application process. Those who have pre-registered will have their information in the system and will be told if additional information is needed.? Registering with FEMA is a requirement for federal disaster assistance even if they have registered with state or voluntary organizations.
Assistance at the DRCs includes:
- Information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration
- Current status of applications for federal assistance
- Referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs
- Advice on cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster events
SBA customer service representatives will be available at the Disaster Recovery Center to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process, help individuals complete their application and close their approved disaster loans.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2.0 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
Disaster loan information and application forms are available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling toll-free (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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