January 16, 2009
HI 1814 NR 004
SCD: Shelly Ichishita
Press Release FEMA: Ken Higginbotham
SBA: Kevin Wynne
For Immediate Release 916-216-9849
AID AVAILABLE FOR MID-DECEMBER STORM VICTIMS
HONOLULU—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 open at four locations, six days a week until further notice. DRC 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:
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, 86-620 Farrington Highway
WAIPAHU - Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola Street
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 loans
• 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.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term
rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private
nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged
personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of
other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-
800-877-8339). Homeowners, renters, and business owners with questions for the SBA should call the Customer
Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339).