HONOLULU,? Hawaii -- As the recent severe weather system leaves the islands, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Hawaii State Civil Defense would like to remind those affected by the Dec. 10-16 flood event of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) opening Saturday, Jan. 17. DRCs will be op0en at four locations, six days a week until further notice. The DRC hours will be 12: p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays.
DRCs will be open at four locations, six days a week from Saturday, Jan. 17th until further notice.?The DRCs will not be open on Sundays, but will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19th.? Locations are:
HALEIWA - Waialua Community Association, (Old Haleiwa Gym), 66-434 Kamehameha Hwy
LAIE - Laie Shopping Center, 55-510 Kamehameha Highway
WAIANAE - Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, 86-260 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.
What the public can expect at the DRCs:
- 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
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.