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The clock is ticking for FEMA Disaster Relief Registration

The clock is ticking for FEMA Disaster Relief Registration

There’s a very small window (60 days after the disaster was declared 9/20/17) to file for FEMA assistance.  You can help friends and family file for FEMA assistance now.

There have been reports of extremely long hold times to register over the phone and even longer wait times in person for individuals on the island, so it is suggested that your love ones register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.   The application is available in both Spanish and English and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Funds are available to cover:

  • Moving expenses, unemployment insurance, childcare
  • Repairing or replacing common furniture and appliances
  • Healthcare, dental, and funeral expenses for injuries or death
    sustained in the disaster
  • Expenses for rent, house repair or home rebuilding
  • Crisis counseling & legal services
  • Hotel Coverage
  • and more

Click here to learn more about the assistance available through FEMA.

In your application, ask for everything you need, be thorough because it will be extremely difficult to amend your request once the application is submitted. Do note that any discrepancies or fraud will put your application in jeopardy.

Once the registration is complete, you will be given a registration number. This number must be referenced on every document submitted for assistance as well as phone calls, so please make a note of it and keep it in a safe place.  Everyone who files a claim is eligible for $500 cash for Other Needs Assistance and that money can be received immediately via automatic deposit if your banking information is provided during the application.

Within 30 to 45 days of submitting your application, you should receive a Determination Letter from FEMA.  If for any reason your claims were denied, your 60 day appeal period begins from the date of that Determination Letter.