San Juan, PR -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster officials announced today that an extension has been approved to file claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP policyholders in Puerto Rico who suffered flood- related losses in their properties between November 10 and November 23, 2003, now have until March 7, 2004 to file their claims.
“Due to the extent of the November 2003 flooding event, FEMA wants to ensure that all the NFIP policyholders have the necessary time to file their claims,” said Justo Hernández, , Federal Coordinating Officer. “This new deadline extension will now allow policy holders additional days to submit proof of losses”.
This extension applies to claims for all NFIP insured properties in Puerto Rico and homeowners who received three-year flood insurance coverage purchased by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Hortense and Hurricane Georges. The Commonwealth has continued renewing those policies and, in most cases, the policies are still in effect. Those homeowners are encouraged to contact the mayor’s office to determine whether there is an active flood insurance policy in effect for their property.
The NFIP policyholders should file their claims to their insurance agent or agency. FEMA will seek to recoup of any funding assistance provided to homeowners who have an active insurance policy, but have received federal assistance before processing a claim with their insurance carrier.
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.