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Release date: 
December 6, 2004
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  • To date, over $381 million has been approved in federal disaster assistance to eligible applicants in the 58 declared municipalities. This aid included grants for basic needs, such as essential repairs, alternate housing and other disaster-related needs not met by insurance or other assistance programs. More than 205 thousand residents in the declared disaster area have applied for disaster assistance.
  • Even after the deadline, FEMA continues available, just a telephone call away. Those who have already applied may reach FEMA through the Helpline at 1-800 621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585, for those with hearing or speech impairment), to check on the status of their application and other related information.
  • The Helpline is a permanent FEMA service. The Helpline is available daily, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
  • FEMA applicants whose home or business were inspected two weeks ago, and have not yet received any mail from FEMA, are urged to call the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-621-3362, to confirm if mail has been remitted. If so, they must visit the US Post Office in their municipality.
  • Applicants should visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), as an initial step to get general advice on their disaster aid application. Afterwards, the applicants can simply call the Helpline to obtain any further information; applicants do not have to return to the DRCs.
  • The DRCs are located in Fajardo, Santa Isabel and Ciales and are open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
    • Fajardo: Municipal Legislature Hall, City Hall (2nd Floor), Dr. López Street (corner of Muñoz Rivera St.). (The Canóvanas DRC merged with this DRC).
    • Santa Isabel: Centro de Usos Múltiples Francisco Robledo, Monseñor Ferrer Avenue (near Urb. Santiago Apóstol- in front of Parque Infantil Melween Cedeño)
    • Ciales: María Isabel Blanco Library, Rd. 149 (entering the town; in front of the cemetery)
  • The DRC in Santa Isabel will continue operations until Friday, December 10, 2004.
  • Those needing disaster legal assistance may contact Pro-Bono, Inc., a division of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico. The service is available by calling (787) 721-3398.
  • Disaster victims who are having difficulty coping with some disaster related stress-induced problems should seek crisis counseling by calling 1-800-981-0023. The line is available daily, 24 hours a day.
  • If you know of someone who is taking advantage of others’ misfortune by filing false damage claims, you may report this or other instances of fraud to the FEMA Fraud Hotline at 1-800-323-8603, available 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential.
Breakdown of applications and Individual and Household Program (IHP) grants:
MunicipalityApplications ReceivedGrants for Housing and Other Needs
Aguas Buenas2,216$3,512,905.48


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May 10, 2013 - 10:21
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