San Juan opens 2 sites to apply for FEMA assistance
By John McPhaul
San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo announced Tuesday that his municipal administration has set up two centers where citizens can go to fill out the Individual Assistance form from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to receive $700 in aid.
The centers are located in the San Juan Bautista Gallery in City Hall in Old San Juan and in the Estudio Conmigo Electronic Library on Franklin Delano Roosevelt Avenue. The centers started operating Tuesday and are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The designated areas are spaces that provide citizens with confidentiality, computers with internet to complete the FEMA form, electricity and a waiting area. In addition, citizens will have access to an area where they can charge their phones while they complete the form.
“We know that the majority of Puerto Rican families still do not have electricity service, but in San Juan we are moving quickly, as part of our response plan, so that families can recover from the devastating passage of Fiona and can access the basic resources and help available,” the mayor said. “We invite citizens and families who do not have access to the internet, electricity, and computers to go to one of these two centers … for free and easy access.”
As detailed by FEMA, when filling out the application, people must have with them their social security card or number, their date of birth, their physical and postal address, their bank account and routing number, as well as an email address where they will receive information about their request.
In this first phase, the authorized centers are for those people who can fill out the form on their own. Romero Lugo anticipated that soon the municipal administration will enable other centers for those citizens who require help to fill out and submit the application to receive the $700 in assistance.