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

January 12, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Federal and Commonwealth officials announced today that renters, homeowners and business owners who applied for assistance and received inspections, but who have not yet received checks or correspondence from FEMA, will need to verify that their mail is not being held at the local Post Office.
January 7, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Only eight days remain for any resident who had property damages or other losses as a result of the recent floods that occurred from September 21 - October 3, 2008, to register for Commonwealth-federal disaster assistance.
January 5, 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) operating hours on Tuesday, January 6, 2008, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. DRCs will resume their regular operations on Wednesday, January 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.? On Saturdays, business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., until further notice.
January 2, 2009
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Commonwealth and Federal disaster recovery aid has reached $25,021,806 in approved funds benefiting 38,171 applicants that registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as a result of the flooding which affected Puerto Rico during September 21 through October 3, 2008.
December 30, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today, changes to the operating hours of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and Helpline, during this week for the Holidays. The DRCs and Helpline operating hours will be as follows: Disaster Recovery Centers Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday (New Year's Eve) 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday (New  Year's Day)Closed
December 23, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues answering some of the most frequent questions made by disaster aid applicants regarding the registration process and disaster assistance programs. 1. Will FEMA replace everything that I lost?No. The available federal programs are not intended to be a substitute for insurance. They exist to provide basic shelter and personal property needs. FEMA will not replace your damaged 52" color television. Vacation and secondary homes are not eligible for this assistance.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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