San Juan, PR -- Officials from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will keep the Guayanilla Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) open until June 29 in order to continue assistance to individuals affected by the May floods. The DRC was scheduled to close on June 22.
"It was decided to keep the center open an additional week when it became apparent that there was still a need for FEMA and disaster loan representatives to interface with residents affected by the floods," said Justo Hernández, federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort.
Though the center will not be taking applications, there will be phones available to residents who do not have phone service. 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.
"The deadline to register for federal and commonwealth disaster assistance is July 16," said Hernández.
Those who have already registered for state and federal disaster assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321 to receive information about, or provide updates to their application. Helpline representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions about the assistance process or the status of applications. Some disaster programs include temporary housing assistance, individual and family grants, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans.
The center operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and remains open until June 29 at the following location:
#7 Barbosa Street
Inter. Muñoz Rivera