HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu will close at the end of business Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. Three other DRCs remain open to serve Oahu residents affected by the severe storms and flooding of Dec. 10 to 16, 2008.
Residents of Oahu may visit any of the remaining three DRCs for information or call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline (1-800-621-3362) on the status of their case. ?Those planning to visit a DRC are encouraged to apply with FEMA first so that their information will already be in the system. Mitigation advisors will be on site as well to assist applicants with their questions on loan applications and prevention of future damage.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations to repair or replace damaged real estate and personal property. SBA also offers low interest working capital loans to be small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations with working capital needs as a result of the disaster. The disaster loans cover uninsured or uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
SBA representatives are at the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) to meet individually with each applicant to answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help them complete their disaster loan application and accept completed disaster loan applications.
SBA 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.
After registering with FEMA applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The following centers will remain open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., until further notice:
HALEIWA--Waialua Community Association, 66-434 Kamehameha Highway
LAIE--Laie Shopping Center, 55-510 Kamehameha Highway
WAIANAE--Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, 86-260 Farrington Highway
Homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses as a result of the severe storms and flooding of Dec. 10-16, 2008 are reminded to apply for FEMA assistance at 1-800-621-3362, TTY 1-800-462-7585 or 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.