SAN JUAN, P. R. -- Commonwealth and Federal officials announced the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DCR) in Yabucoa. The new center will open on Wednesday, January 7, 2004, operating Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
The Yabucoa center will be located at the Pedro Albizu Campos Basketball Court, Rd. # 901, Km. 0, H. 7, in front of Urbanización Méndez. Any individual, family or business owner who suffered damages due to the rains, floods and landslides, which occurred during November 10-23, 2003 can visit the recovery centers for information on Commonwealth and federal assistance. In addition, experts on hazard mitigation will be at the DRCs to provide information on how to safeguard buildings against future floods.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.