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 (DRCs) in Fajardo, Gurabo, Las Piedras and Trujillo Alto to support survivors which have already registered for disaster assistance with FEMA.
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 Fajardo
7 Calle Dr. Lopez
Fajardo, PR 00738
DRC in Las Piedras
Alcaldía Municipal Las Piedras
Carr. 198 Km 22.6
Las Piedras, PR 00771
DRC in Gurabo
Coliseo Municipal Fernando “Rube” Hernandez
Carr. 181 Bo. Selada
Gurabo, PR 00778
DRC in Trujillo Alto
Centro de Seguridad Pública
Carr. 846 Km 0.1
Trujillo Alto, PR 00976
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 Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Arroyo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cayey, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Fajardo, Gurabo, Guaynabo, 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 to apply 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.