FEMA approves additional $93 million in Public Assistance for Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $93 million in additional Public Assistance grants for “emergency protective measures, debris removal and management costs” related to Hurricane María recovery on the island.
To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has committed nearly $2.7 billion in funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and its municipalities.
The agency defines emergency protective measures as “actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.”
The more than $80 million grant to the Puerto Rico Department of Education is to help “continue providing essential educational services to students in Puerto Rico.”
The more than $10.4 million grant awarded to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is for “protective measures related to the Guajataca Dam,” while nearly $2.5 million for Morovis is to “remove debris as a result of Hurricane Maria.”