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Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma 2017

Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma Recovery Information

Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico beginning on September 6, 2017 and many regions were impacted by severe wind, storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on September 10, 2017 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Puerto Rico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.

For DR 4336, as of September 12, direct federal financial assistance is available for impacted Puerto Rico individuals and families in the following municipalities: Canovanas, Catano, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Loiza, Luquillo, Toa Baja, Vega Baja, Vieques.
 

Note:  The deadline to apply for FEMA has been extended until March 20, 2018.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

Key resources for those impacted by the hurricane and flooding

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
  • Please watch for updates on FEMA's website.

Note:  The deadline to apply for FEMA has been extended until March 20, 2018.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

Legal Assistance and Other Resources 

Other resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster

General safety and shelter resources