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 12, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- A denial letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not mean you are not eligible for disaster assistance.  According to FEMA, there are several reasons why an applicant may receive a denial letter. "By law, FEMA cannot duplicate what the insurance has already covered, or pay deductibles," said Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernández.  "Still, applicants can appeal any FEMA decision within 60 days of the date of the denial letter," he added.  Other common reasons why applicants may receive denial letters are:
November 11, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Residents living or working in the municipalities of Arroyo, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Guayanilla, Gurabo, Juncos, Lajas, Peñuelas, San Lorenzo, Villalba, and Yauco may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the severe storms and flooding of September 21 - October 3. The deadline to apply for this type of assistance is November 17, 2008.  
November 11, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made available mental health services to those affected by the severe storms and flooding of September 21 to October 3, 2008. The services are being provided through the Mental Health & Anti-Addiction Services Administration (MHAASA).
November 10, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and federal recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will remain open on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, Veteran's Day 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 7, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Federal and Commonwealth recovery officials announced today that more than $16 million in disaster aid has been approved for Puerto Rico residents in the form of grants to cover damages related to severe storms and flooding which occurred September 21 - October 3.  Below is an update of disaster activity through the close of business on Thursday, November 6, 2008.
November 6, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster recovery officials have announced today that the municipalities of Las Piedras and Naguabo were designated disaster declared areas, making their residents eligible for disaster assistance. The assistance will help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from the effects of the storms and flooding which occurred from September 21 to October 3, 2008.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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