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FEMA Clarifies TS Maria Flooding Damages Are a Separate Incident

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September 15, 2011
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SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the agency continues supporting the Government of Puerto Rico response activities for Tropical Storm Maria’s rains and floods. Accordingly, the agency is ready to perform preliminary damage assessments in the island.

"Recent heavy rains caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Maria floods and landslides have caused damages in several areas of Puerto Rico. Still, those damages are not related to Hurricane Irene and will be handled as a separate incident," said Justo Hernández, Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). "This emergency is also a reminder to individuals and families of the importance of being prepared not only for this hurricane season but for all types of hazards all year round," FCO Hernández added.

Residents and businesses in areas already declared may apply for assistance online at , by web enabled mobile device at, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly.

Individuals, families, communities and the private sector play a key role in emergency management. All can engage in knowing the hazards that affect their area, be it floods or landslides and get prepared. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit

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.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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