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

October 14, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster recovery officials warn island residents to listen to their local emergency managers and take precautions as Tropical Storm Omar nears Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Take steps to protect yourself and your family!" urged Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez, the top official for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Puerto Rico. "Omar will unleash a tremendous amount of rain. Do what you can now to protect your home, your business, your family and yourself."
October 13, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster victims who are asked to apply for a loan and do not may be cutting themselves off from some direct cash assistance, disaster officials said today. Many of the more than 16,000 Puerto Rico individuals and families who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will get loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA serves as the "bank" for recovery from disasters by giving low-interest disaster loans.
October 10, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- More than $1.2 million in grants for disaster aid has been given to Puerto Rico individuals and households by the federal and commonwealth governments, disaster officials announced today. The assistance is available to homeowners, renters and businesses in 19 municipalities, mostly across the southern half of the island. Below is an update of disaster activity through the close of business on Thursday:
October 10, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Cabo Rojo and Lajas on Saturday, October 11, 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 Saturday, the Disaster Recovery Centers will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. They will remain open on Columbus Day, October 13.
October 8, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Disaster assistance has been made available to government agencies and certain non-profit organizations in 24 municipalities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. This assistance will help pay the costs of emergency measures, debris pickup and rebuilding infrastructure damaged by the effects of the storms and flooding in Puerto Rico September 21 through October 3. FEMA aid comes in two categories: "Individual Assistance" is for individual households, and "Public Assistance" is for government agencies and qualified nonprofit agencies.
October 8, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Disaster assistance has been made available to residents of 11 more municipalities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. This assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from the effects of the storms and flooding in Puerto Rico September 21 through October 3. FEMA aid comes in two categories: "Individual Assistance" is for individual households, and "Public Assistance" is for government agencies and qualified not-for-profit agencies.

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How to Apply for Assistance

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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