San Juan, PR -- Residents of Puerto Rico who were affected by the May 6 - 11 floods and have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only three more weeks to apply. The last day to register for most federal and commonwealth disaster assistance programs is July 16. The registration line will close at 5:00 p.m. on that day.
Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernández of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Melba Acosta, Governor's Authorized Representative for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, urge residents who have not done so to register as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029. The National Teleregistration Center operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.
Renters, homeowners or business owners may qualify for assistance under several federal and commonwealth programs such as disaster housing assistance, grants to meet disaster-related needs or U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans.
Anyone with disaster assistance inquiries may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800 525-0321, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., five days a week, Monday through Friday. The Helpline is a permanent FEMA service and people can talk directly to a FEMA representative during normal operating hours.