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

November 20, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises affected residents in disaster declared areas to make sure that he or she has applied for federal disaster assistance.? Many state, local and voluntary agencies also have residents filling out paperwork which may have caused some confusion, and many think they have registered for federal aid, but they really have not.
November 19, 2008
News Release
San Juan, PR -- Commonwealth and federal disaster recovery officials are advising Puerto Rico residents who have disaster-related damages to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to restore and repair their homes and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also advises disaster aid recipients to contact the PR Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO) to obtain information about contractors prior to requesting their services. In addition, the Better Business Bureau offers the following "Consumer Beware" suggestions:
November 18, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- ?Puerto Rico residents affected by the September 21- October 3, 2008 storms and floods take steps towards their recovery, voluntary agencies continue playing a key role making this process feasible in many communities. Voluntary organizations are an integral part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to provide support and guidance to communities recovering from disasters.
November 17, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and federal recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will remain open on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, the Discovery of Puerto Rico holiday. The hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The FEMA registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) and the website, www.fema.gov, will also be available for those who need to register or have questions about their applications. The DRC's are located in the following municipalities:
November 13, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Naguabo on Tuesday, November 18th, giving residents affected by the severe storms and flooding from September 21 through October 3, 2008 an opportunity to talk to disaster assistance experts face to face.  Starting Tuesday, the Disaster Recovery Center will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday, until further notice. The Disaster Recovery Center will be located at: Naguabo Recovery Center Coliseo Municipal Carretera 31 Naguabo, PR
November 12, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Las Piedras on Friday, November 14th, giving residents affected by the severe storms and flooding from September 21 through October 3, an opportunity to talk to disaster assistance experts face to face. Starting Friday, the Disaster Recovery Center will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday, until further notice. The Disaster Recovery Center will be located at:

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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