Recovery Update For May Floods And Mudslides

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Release date: 
May 25, 2001
Release Number: 
1372-05

<p>San Juan, PR -- Federal agencies have approved more than $750,000 in aid to help Puerto Rico residents and businesses following the May floods and mudslides that occurred between May 6 and May 11. The following are highlights of the ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts since the presidential disaster declaration on May 16.</p><ul><li class="bullet2">Nearly $700,000 in aid has been approved for disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).<br>&nbsp;</li><li class="bullet2">Inspectors have completed 1,880 damage verifications in the declared municipalities.<br>&nbsp;</li><li class="bullet2">The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $50,800 in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.<br>&nbsp;</li><li class="bullet2">The number of applications made for disaster assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line totaled 2,573. State and federal officials continue to urge disaster victims to call the registration number at 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.</li></ul><p>To date, approved disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants in the nine designated municipalities are:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table summary="Approved Disaster Rental Assistance" border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"><caption>Approved Disaster Rental Assistance</caption><tbody><tr><th scope="col">Municipality</th><th scope="col">Approved Disaster Housing</th></tr><tr><th scope="row">Adjuntas</th><td>$21,753</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Cabo Rojo</th><td>$52,629</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Guánica</th><td>$69,263</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Guayanilla</th><td>$127,533</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Lajas</th><td>$226,445</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Rincón</th><td>$26,133</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Sabana Grande</th><td>$8,697</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">San Germán</th><td>$28,048</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">Yauco</th><td>$114,072</td></tr></tbody></table><p>FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate individuals for their entire loss. Low-interest loans from SBA may be available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover real estate and personal property damage that is not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.</p><ul><li class="bullet2">Voluntary Agencies:<ul><li class="bullet2">The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has distributed 253 FEMA vouchers for food.</li><li class="bullet2">The Salvation Army has served more than 500 meals.</li><li class="bullet2">The American Red Cross (ARC) has served 30,872 snacks to date and continues to serve meals.<ul><li class="bullet2">The ARC has two Service Centers open: Guayanilla and Lajas</li><li class="bullet2">Crisis Counselors have made 920 mental health contacts</li></ul></li><li class="bullet2">The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) supported the American Red Cross in conducting damage assessment to 100 families to date; serving meals at the distribution centers; transporting goods, supplies, personnel, food, and families affected by the floods to and from the distribution centers.</li><li class="bullet2">Social Services Agency of the Pentecostal Church distributed in-kind donations of canned foods, clothes, water and linen to families in the flooded area.</li><li class="bullet2">Catholic Social Services in Mayaguez sheltered 40 persons the night of May 6 and distributed meals and clean-up kits to 26 families in Lajas. In San German, they provided food and clothes to 15 families that were in the Catholic Social Services shelter.</li></ul></li></ul><p>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.</p><p>The centers have been set up...</p>

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February 7, 2013 - 17:39
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