SAN JUAN, PR -- Puerto Rico disaster survivors who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance have only two more weeks to apply. October 26, 2011, is the last day to apply for most disaster assistance programs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to Government of Puerto Rico and federal officials.
Federal Coordinator Officer Justo Hernández and Governor’s Authorized Representative, Juan Carlos Pavía urge Hurricane Irene survivors to apply as soon as possible by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), going online at www.disasterassistance.gov, www.fema.gov or via mobile application m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly.
Renters, homeowners or business owners who lived or do business in Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Arroyo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cayey, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Fajardo, Guaynabo, 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 and suffered losses caused by Hurricane Irene may be eligible for assistance. President Obama declared a major disaster on those municipalities on August 27, 2011. The application deadline is 60 days from the date of declaration.
Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as temporary housing, home repairs and other uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. Low interest rate federal disaster loans are available through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
For answers to questions about the disaster assistance programs or to check the status of their claim, applicants may call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. These lines are available from Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
More than 52,048 residents have already called to apply and more than $19.6 million in grants and another $1 million in low interest loans have been approved.
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.