SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government of Puerto Rico advice affected survivors in disaster designated municipalities to make sure they have applied for federal disaster assistance. If they have registered with FEMA, they were assigned a nine digit number which verifies their registration status.
Many state, local and voluntary agencies also have survivors filling out paperwork which may have caused some confusion, and people may think they have registered for federal aid, when they have not. Those who suffered damages in their homes or businesses due to Hurricane Irene must register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), going online at www.disasterassistance.gov, www.fema.gov or via mobile phone application m.fema.gov.
After survivors register with FEMA, they may receive a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) application to verify their eligibility for a low-interest loan. If a survivor is not eligible for an SBA loan, they will be considered for other available disaster assistance programs. Eligible applicants should expect to hear from one or more different inspectors including FEMA, the Government of Puerto Rico, insurance agents, and or voluntary organizations.
When registering, survivors should use the same addresses (mailing and physical) they provided on their electric power bill. If survivors have questions about the process, they should visit a Disaster Recovery Center or call FEMA for assistance.
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.