Puerto Rico Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1798)

Incident period: September 21, 2008 to October 3, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 1, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 9, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Federal and Commonwealth officials urge renters, homeowners and business owners who applied for assistance, but who have not yet received correspondence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to verify that their mail is not being held at the local Post Office.
February 2, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Long Term Recovery Committees held today in Ponce, their first General Conference where representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local and Commonwealth governments, the private sector, and community and faith based groups shared emergency preparedness information, website tools, available resources, and current initiatives to effectively respond during emergency operations.
January 27, 2009
News Release
San Juan, Puerto Rico -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery officials announced today, that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the municipalities of Cabo Rojo, Humacao, Patillas and Yabucoa will cease operations on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The DRCs have served residents and businesses which were affected by the severe storms and flooding from September 21 to October 3, 2008 and are located at:
January 16, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will remain open Monday, January 19, 2009, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day Holiday. DRCs operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., until further notice.? DRCs are located at:
January 14, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Only one day remains for residents to register for Commonwealth-federal disaster assistance related to damages or losses resulting from the floods which occurred from September 21 - October 3, 2008.
January 13, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced today, that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the municipalities of Juncos, Maunabo, Naguabo and Salinas will cease operations at the close of business Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The DRCs have served 11,941 residents and businesses which were affected by the severe storms and flooding from September 21 to October 3, 2008 and are located at:

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Puerto Rico, FEMA-1798-DR (PDF 25KB)
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