SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Two Government of Puerto Rico and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Friday, October 27, one in Arecibo and the other in Barranquitas.
DRCs serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Maria. Specialists from the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community, will be on hand to help survivors register for assistance, answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Services are provided in English and Spanish.
The center in Arecibo will be located at:
Coliseo Manuel G. Iguina Reyes
Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m
The center in Barranquitas will be located at:
Centro de Recepciones y Bellas Artes Ave. Jose Zayas Green, PR 152 Ramal, Barrio Barrancas, Barranquitas, PR 00794
Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Survivors impacted by Hurricane Maria can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). TDD call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). Lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Registering with FEMA is the first step toward qualifying for disaster assistance which may include grants to help homeowners and renters pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacements and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
DRCs are also open in Humacao, Mayagȕez and Ponce, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Centro de Bellas Artes de Humacao (Humacao Fine Arts Center),
Boulevard Nicanor Vazquez,
Humacao, PR 00792
Sábalos, Int. Carretera (Road)# 102 & Carretera (Road)# 63 Mayagüez, PR 00682
72 Calle Mayor (Mayor Street)
Ponce, PR 00730
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). TTY, call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters, which can cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
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