Affected residents in Puerto Rico can request aid from FEMA
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares reiterated on Friday that affected residents in 54 municipalities already can report damages suffered due to Hurricane Maria and request aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The governor explained that through FEMA’s mobile application or its website (www.fema.gov), citizens can report damage to their homes located in any of the towns that have been already declared disaster areas by U.S. President Donald Trump.
In addition to the mobile app and online options, FEMA is also receiving requests via telephone, at 1 (800) 621-3362. Agency staff will also visit affected areas so residents can submit their aid requests on site. FEMA staff is also available at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, which serves as the government’s central command center.
The municipalities already declared as disaster areas include Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio and Corozal.
Also included are Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Rio San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Baja, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba and Yabucoa.
The government expects the number of towns in this list to increase in the near future.
Gov. Rosselló said that all “vulnerable structures” on the island, including those made out of wood or zinc, were “completely or partially” damaged by Hurricane Maria, which has been affecting the island since Tuesday night.
The hurricane left Puerto Rico in darkness, with severe damage to its power infrastructure. Water supply and telecommunications are also affected.
In addition to the aid given to affected residents, FEMA assists the commonwealth government in the recovery efforts throughout the island, as well as bringing needed resources to the island.