January 16, 2009 HI 1814 NR 004 Media Contacts: SCD: Shelly Ichishita 808-620-5408 Press Release FEMA: Ken Higginbotham 703-258-4745 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).
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