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 4, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Inspectors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now visiting the people who have applied for disaster assistance following the recent floods and landslides, which occurred on November 10-23, 2003. The inspectors are visiting damaged homes in all the 19 municipalities covered by the federal disaster declaration announced by President Bush.
December 4, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Three more Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/ Commonwealth of Puerto Rico disaster recovery centers will open on Saturday, November 6, 2003. The centers will be located in Canóvanas, Fajardo and Toa Baja, and will open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., commonwealth and federal officials announced today.
December 2, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today designated the municipalities of Cabo Rojo, Lajas and Luquillo in Puerto Rico eligible for federal disaster aid. Under this declaration, homeowners, renters and businesses can request disaster assistance to recover from the effects of severe storms, floods, mudslides and landslides that occurred November 10-23, 2003.
December 1, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- In the wake of the November 10th 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 SBA Area Director, William E. Leggiero, Jr.
November 28, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Officials from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in several municipalities to assist individuals affected by the recent floods. The centers will start on Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 9 a.m.
November 28, 2003
News Release
SAN JUAN, P.R. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved disbursement of more than $1,909,000 to Puerto Rico residents whose homes were affected by recent floods and landslides, commonwealth and federal officials announced today.

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