San Juan, PR -- Officials from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established three Disaster Recovery Centers and two mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to assist individuals affected by the May floods.
"The centers have been set up to provide answers to questions about disaster assistance programs. None of the centers will be taking applications," said Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort. "The only way to register for federal disaster assistance is by calling 1-800-462-9029." Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.
Some disaster programs include temporary housing assistance, individual and family grants, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans. Written materials about various assistance programs also are available to individuals and business owners.
"There will be representatives from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico programs such as the Department of the Family, the Department of Agriculture, Crisis Counseling, and the Department of Housing," said the Governor's Authorized Representative, Melba Acosta. "This is a great opportunity for individuals to sit down with different agencies and get all of their questions answered concerning the recovery process."
The centers open on Wednesday, May 23 and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday until further notice.
Antiguo Centro de Envejecientes Municipal
65 Infantry Street (Intersection Encarnación)
Biblioteca Pública Raquel Quiñones
Calle Jose Julian Acosta #11 (next to Catholic church)
San Germán, PR
The new Senior Citizen Building
Sector Santoni, Barrio Macaná
Road 132 (KM 4.3)
Two mobile Disaster Recovery Centers will be in operation on Thursday, May 24 in Rincón until Sunday, May 27. The hours of the mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
"We are currently working with the mayors of the affected cities on where to place the mobile Disaster Recovery Centers," Hernández said. "Our goal is to reach the hardest hit communities and stay as long as people continue to use the centers."
The mobile Disaster Recovery Centers will not be taking registrations for disaster assistance. The purpose of the mobile centers is to provide information and answer questions about various federal programs. The mobile centers will also travel to Cabo Rojo, Lajas, Guánica, Adjuntas and Sabana Grande over the next two weeks.