SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Federal and Commonwealth disaster recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located in Fajardo, Guayama, Juana Diaz and Patillas will be closing on Saturday, January 31, 2004.
"After the closing of the DRCs, FEMA and Commonwealth agencies will continue delivering the disaster related services that individuals and families are entitled to," said Justo Hernandez, Federal Coordinating Officer.
Residents who have already registered for Commonwealth and federal disaster assistance can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to receive information about the assistance process or provide updates to their application. Hearing or speech impaired individuals can call TTY: 1-800-462-7585. Applicants can call Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., until further notice.
As of today, 55,222 individuals have registered for disaster assistance and $52,019,335 has been approved under the Individuals and Household Program (IHP).
Individuals who have not registered for disaster aid should do so, as soon as possible, by calling the FEMA toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-3362. The last day to register for individual and family federal disaster aid programs is Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
There are currently eleven DRCs located in the municipalities of Aibonito, Canóvanas, Fajardo, Guánica, Guayama, Juana Diaz, Naranjito, Patillas, Rio Grande, Salinas and Yabucoa, operating Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
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.