San Juan, P.R. -- Federal and Commonwealth disaster recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Rio Grande will close on Saturday, February 7, 2004. The Rio Grande DRC is located at the Museo del Cartel, 23 Pimentel Street [front of Associates Finance].
"After the closing of the DRC, FEMA will be just a telephone call away, where the applicants can update their application or get information on the status of their application," said Justo Hern?ndez, Federal Coordinating Officer.
Residents who have already registered for disaster assistance can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. Hearing or speech impaired individuals can call TTY: 1-800-462-7585. Applicants can call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.
As of today, 59,090 individuals have registered for disaster assistance and $55,287,474 has been approved under the Individuals and Household Program (IHP).
There are currently seven DRCs located in the municipalities of Aibonito, Can?vanas, Gu?nica, Naranjito, 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.