Puerto Rico Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides (DR-1501)

Incident period: November 10, 2003 to November 23, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 21, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 15, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Commonwealth and Federal officials announced the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DCR) in Guayama. The new center will open on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 operating Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
December 13, 2003
News Release
San Juan, P.R. -- Commonwealth and Federal disaster recovery officials announced that new hours of operations will be in effect on Monday, December15, 2003 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The new schedule for the DRCs will be Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a. m. to 6:00 p.m. The centers will not open on Sundays.
December 12, 2003
News Release
San Juan, P.R. -- Federal and Commonwealth disaster officials are finding that a significant number of individuals filing for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have an active flood insurance policy for their home and contents. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more that $1.4 million to 232 policyholders for damages sustained during the storms that occurred November 10-13.
December 9, 2003
News Release
San Juan, P.R. - Puerto Rico unemployed residents who were living or working within the 19 disaster declared municipalities as a result of the extensive rains, floods and landslides are now eligible to file for federal disaster unemployment benefits, Commonwealth and Federal officials indicated. The deadline to apply is January 4, 2004.
December 8, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- The Office of the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have scheduled an application briefing for local officials to provide information about the Public Assistance (Infrastructure) grant program. Officials will explain the application procedures for Commonwealth and federal aid.
December 7, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have disbursed $20,986,288 dollars under the Individual and Household Program (IHP) in less than two weeks to applicants who suffered damages resulting from the recent rains, flooding and landslides. To date, some 21,578 have filed for disaster assistance in 19 declared municipalities.

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