By : Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - Hundreds of Hawaii Island homeowners are getting help from the federal government for damage from the state rattling quake in October.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened three recovery centers on the big island, and plans to open one more.
Already, over three million dollars has been approved to help those hit hard by the quake.
Over 1600 people have registered for assistance so far. And that's important, according to federal inspectors, because many may think damage to their home is minor. But, later learn it is worse than thought, and by that point it is too late.
"We hear a lot about cracks and foundations from homeowners and they will also say I didn't realize how much damage I had, then I find more damage each day." says FEMA Public Affairs Officer, Kati Corsaut.
While FEMA is offering help to homeowners, it urges people affected by the quake to pick up the phone and call them now. Recovery centers will close on november 15th.