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Several more disaster recovery centers to close this week


By The Star Staff


The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Barranquitas, Jayuya, Lares, Loíza, Salinas, San Sebastián and Yauco will be closing permanently.


The Barranquitas DRC will close permanently at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to closing on Wednesday.


The Loíza, Salinas, San Sebastián and Yauco DRCs will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Jayuya and Lares DRCs will also close permanently at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, with hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday.


The other temporary FEMA DRCs will be operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays, unless otherwise stated. Survivors can go to any open center for help with the federal disaster assistance process. To find the nearest temporary DRC, click on the FEMA DRC link: DRC Locator.


After the DRC closes, survivors can still view the status of their application online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by using FEMA’s mobile app. Individuals can also call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 to discuss their case with a FEMA representative. Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for all other languages. People who use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others must provide FEMA with the number for that service. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

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