HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - FEMA is going door-to-door to register homeowners and renters whose homes were damaged in severe flooding on Oahu and Kauai in April.
The agency is sending specialists to help identify ongoing needs and make referrals to other community partners.
"Team members can help direct survivors to potential sources of assistance and help them register for disaster aid with FEMA, a news release said. "The specialists' goal is to help ensure that all potentially eligible survivors are made aware of the assistance available to them."
The agency says team members wear FEMA attire and carry photo IDs. If the photo ID is not displayed, residents are encouraged to ask to see it.
FEMA says recovery specialists may request the following information:
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged property
- Description of the damage
- Information about insurance coverage
- A current contact telephone number
- An address where you can receive mail
- Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
FEMA disaster assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement as well as low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Residents do not have to wait to be visited by FEMA in order to register for assistance. Disaster recovery centers are open on Kauai and Oahu. You may also register online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.
This story will be updated.