Puerto Rico Flooding (DR-1372)

Incident period: May 6, 2001 to May 11, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 16, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 18, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a toll-free number that Puerto Rico residents affected by the May 6 - 11 floods and mudslides can call to receive information about disaster assistance. Those who have registered for state and federal disaster assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 to receive information about, or provide updates to, their application. It is important that persons registered with FEMA provide a current address and phone number if they move.
June 15, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PR -- Commonwealth and federal recovery officials report that more than $5.5 million has been approved in disaster aid to help local residents and businesses recover from the floods and mudslides that occurred May 6 to 11, 2001.After the May 16 presidential disaster declaration for the affected areas in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts performed to date by FEMA, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and other federal and voluntary agencies are:Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program
June 14, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PR -- In the wake of the May 6 - 11 floods and mudslides, homeowners, renters and business owners of all sizes who sustained damages not fully covered by insurance are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Anyone who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was referred to SBA, should return their applications as soon as possible," said William E. Leggiero, Jr., SBA area director.
June 13, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PR -- As part of the May 6 - 11 flood recovery effort, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has activated a grant program to help people with the cost of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other relief programs. According to disaster officials, more than three million dollars have been approved to individuals and families affected by the floods. The Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program is funded 75 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 25 percent by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
June 13, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PPR -- Starting June 16, 2001, all the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and the mobile DRCs will be open Monday through Friday for residents affected by the May floods. The National Teleregistration Center will also operate from Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for residents who wish to register for disaster assistance.
June 12, 2001
News Release
San Juan, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are working to identify disaster applicants who try to cash in as victims of the May 6 - 11 floods and mudslides. President George Bush declared the western region of the island a major disaster on May 16, opening the way for the use of federal funds and resources to help meet the recovery needs of people and communities victimized by the floods.

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