SAN JUAN, PR -- The Government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open tomorrow, two additional State/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Arroyo and Juncos to support applicants which have already registered for disaster assistance with FEMA. Eligible individuals and families may apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), via internet at www.disasterassistance.gov, www.fema.gov or via mobile phone application m.fema.gov.
"When disaster survivors call FEMA to register, they receive a nine digit number which verifies they have an official request with the agency. Having that number at hand will make the process run more efficiently, when visiting the center," explained Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernández.
DRCs operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The new centers will be available at the following locations:
DRC in Arroyo
Centro de Convenciones de Arroyo
Carr. 3 Sector Industrial
DRC in Juncos
Oficina de Ordenamiento
Paseo Escute Final (detrás de la Alcaldía)
"The DRCs are providing disaster survivors with information on disaster assistance available from federal and state governments," said the Governor's Authorized Representative, Juan Carlos Pavía. "Survivors may receive advice in several subjects including low interest federal disaster loans, voluntary agency disaster assistance and preventive measures to mitigate future damages to property and life."
On August 27, 2011, President Obama granted a federal disaster declaration making individuals and families affected by Hurricane Irene in Aguas Buenas, Arroyo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Fajardo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Río Grande, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vega Baja, Vieques, and Villalba eligible for disaster assistance. This assistance may include temporary housing, home repairs and other uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs.
As the hurricane season continues, individuals and families should have their emergency kits and plans ready. Residents in vulnerable areas should remain aware of any hazardous situations in their communities. Listen to local officials and follow their instructions, and learn more about emergency preparedness visiting www.ready.gov.
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.