Thursday, February 20, 2020

FEMA: 9 More Puerto Rico Towns Eligible for Individual Assistance

By on February 7, 2020

SAN JUAN — Nine more municipalities that were affected by the earthquakes that began Dec. 28 in southwest Puerto Rico have been designated as eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program.

At the request of the Government of Puerto Rico, FEMA extended eligibility for Individual Assistance to Arecibo, Ciales, Hormigueros, Juana Díaz, Las Marías, Mayagüez, Morovis, Orocovis and Sabana Grande under the Jan. 16 presidential disaster declaration.

Sixteen other municipalities were previously approved: Adjuntas, Cabo Rojo, Corozal, Guánica, Guayanilla,Jayuya, Lajas, Lares, Maricao, Peñuelas, Ponce, San Germán, San Sebastián, Utuado, Villalba and Yauco.

“If you suffered damage during the earthquakes that began in December and are continuing, and you are a resident of any of the 25 municipalities, you can now apply for help,” FEMA’s website says.

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, child care, moving and storage.

“Keep in mind that you must apply directly with FEMA to be considered for FEMA assistance. FEMA grants can supplement what is available from the Government of Puerto Rico and therefore require a separate application,” the agency explained.

There are several ways to apply:

American Sign Language interpreters are available—either in person at Disaster Recovery Centers or via a Video Remote Interpreters app.

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