SAN JUAN, PR -- The Government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open tomorrow, four additional State/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Humacao, Jayuya, Patillas and Villalba to support survivors which have already registered for disaster assistance with FEMA.
Also starting this weekend, all DRCs will remain closed on Sundays. Now, DRCs operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. The new centers will be available at the following locations:
DRC in Humacao
Coliseo Emilio E. Huyke
908 Ave. Tejas
DRC in Jayuya
Complejo Deportivo Filiberto García
Estadio Municipal Marcos A. Massini
DRC in Patillas
35 Calle Muñoz Rivera
DRC in Villalba
Casa de la Juventud Sheila M. López Zayas
Ave. Pedro Albizu Campos
The DRCs are providing disaster survivors information on disaster assistance available, low interest federal disaster loans, disaster crisis counseling, 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.
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, by 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.