FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Humacao and Mayagüez

Release date: 
Octo­ber 20, 2017
Release Num­ber: 
R2 DR-4339-PR NR026

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico – Two FEMA/Government of Puer­to Rico Dis­as­ter Recov­ery Cen­ter (DRCs) will open in Puer­to Rico on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21.  One is in Humacao and the oth­er in Mayagüez. 

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 Humacao will be locat­ed at:
Cen­tro de Bel­las Artes de Humacao
(Humacao Fine Arts Cen­ter) Boule­vard Nicanor Vazquez
Humacao, PR 00792
Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

The cen­ter in Mayagüez will be locat­ed at:
Esta­dio Isidoro Garcia 
(Isidoro Gar­cia Base­ball Sta­di­um) Sába­los, Int. Car­retera (Road)# 102 & Car­retera (Road)# 63
Mayagüez, PR 00682
Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 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.

More DRCs will open soon.

Residents fill waiting room at Disaster recovery center
Res­i­dents of Puer­to Rico meet with FEMA dis­as­ter sur­vivor assis­tance rep­re­sen­ta­tives (DSA) to begin the recov­ery process in rebuild­ing their lives after Hur­ri­cane Maria Down­load Original

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). TDD 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.