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Puerto Rico emergency plan published ahead of TS Dorian

By on August 27, 2019

Chief of Staff Zoé Laboy (Courtesy)

Chief of staff: Certain parts must remain confidential

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico governor’s chief of staff, Zoé Laboy, said Tuesday that the island’s Joint Operational Catastrophic Incident Plan would be released after Tropical Storm Dorian passed Puerto Rico.

However, later in the evening, the 244-page plan was published. See it here.

“That plan is going to be made public. What’s happening is there are certain things that are confidential for security reasons and those are the things for which the plan will be evaluated, for those things that for security reasons should not be public will be redacted but the rest of the plan will be made public as soon as we are done with Dorian,” Laboy said in a Radio Isla interview earlier Tuesday.

She said former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares had not signed the plan nor had it been ready during the past two years. However, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced and Public Safety Secretary Elmer Román signed the plan a few days ago.

“On the one hand, I am sad that it was not available before but the governor signed the plan. I saw it. I certify that [it was signed]. That plan is very detailed; in fact, it was done in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] and Homeland Security. The plan includes what each agency will do 180 days, 90 days and the entire time before the [weather] phenomenon arrives,” she added.

Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch amid the close approach of Tropical Storm Dorian.

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