SAN JUAN, P. R. -- FEMA/Commonwealth disaster recovery officials announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), located in eleven municipalities of Puerto Rico, will remain open during the Martin Luther King holiday next Monday, January 19, 2004. The FEMA Teleregistration line will remain open, as well.
Applicants with disaster assistance inquiries may call the FEMA line, 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585, for hearing or speech impaired individuals), or visit the nearest DRC. There are currently eleven (11) DRCs located in Aibonito, Canóvanas, Fajardo, Guánica, Guayama, Juana Diaz, Naranjito, Patillas, Rio Grande, Salinas and Yabucoa, available for those who have questions, need to update or correct information on the application, verify the status of an application, or need to obtain information about disaster assistance programs. The DRCs are open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
Residents who sustained losses or damages, as a result of the rains, floods and mudslides that occurred on November 10-23, 2003, should call 1-800-621-3362, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day to register for individual and family federal disaster aid programs is Tuesday, January 20, 2004.
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.