SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government of Puerto Rico officials announced today that additional municipalities are eligible under the presidential disaster declaration of August 27, 2011. The disaster declaration was granted due to the rains, flooding, mudslides, and landslides caused by Hurricane Irene.
Under the President's action eleven additional municipalities are now eligible for the Individual Assistance program. The new municipalities included are: Aguas Buenas, Arroyo, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Orocovis, Patillas and Ponce. Individual Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Low interest rate federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Loans amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
In addition, thirty seven municipalities have been added for the Public Assistance program. The municipalities included are: Adjuntas, Aguada, Aibonito, Añasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Canóvanas, Cataño, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Corozal, Culebra, Fajardo, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Las Piedras, Maricao, Maunabo, Naranjito, Rincón, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Trujillo Alto, Vieques, Yabucoa and Yauco. Public Assistance federal grants are available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal, emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.