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Puerto Rico Severe Storms and Flooding 2022



Disaster Legal Hotline: 800-981-5342

A severe storm that caused flooding and landslides hit areas of Puerto Rico between February 4 and 6, 2022On March 29, 2022, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for areas of Puerto Rico, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of the severe storm, flooding, and landslides. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following municipalities are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for updates.

  • Catano
  • Dorado
  • Toa Baja
  • Vega Baja
  • Vega Alta

For this disaster (DR-4649), assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Asistencia legal gratis para los sobrevivientes de Puerto Rico por desastre natural mayor (inundaciones de febrero 2022) 

Disaster Number: 4649


FEMA Application Deadline Saturday, May 28, 2022
Appeal Your FEMA Decision If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster


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

  • Online at
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), 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. Eastern Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.


  •   Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 800-981-5342 to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area.
    • Click here for the full press release.
    • Survivors can call the hotline during the following times:
      • Monday (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
      • Tuesday (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
      • Wednesday (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
      • Thursday (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
      • Friday (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    • The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies hosts this hotline that provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs. The Disaster Hotline is always available for intake calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You may also email for assistance.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • Puerto Rico Legal Services (Servicios Legales de Puerto Rico) - A non-profit that provides civil legal assistance for low-income, elderly, and disaster-affected residents of Puerto Rico through a toll- free hotline, court-based help desks, and community legal clinics.
    • Pro Bono, Inc. - A nonprofit dedicated to providing free legal services to Puerto Ricans.
    • Legal Help Puerto Rico (Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico) - Bookmark for additional updates and legal rights information.
    • United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group that specializes in helping disaster victims with insurance claim issues. UP also trains case managers and legal aid lawyers to assist clients with insurance and recovery matters. For help with flood, wind, hurricane, and auto insurance questions.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page here for other disaster recovery resources.
    • FloodProof App: Proving you own your home is necessary to qualify for FEMA, SBA loans, or other disaster rebuilding funds. The Flood Proof app helps users get their documents and information in order and connects those that qualify with free legal help.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!
  • Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Click here to download "Figuring Out FEMA," a friendly guide that explains FEMA's general disaster relief assistance process. 



  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.