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FEMA approves nearly $110 Million for Puerto Rico electric utility, Recovery Office

By on August 22, 2018

SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted about $110 million in additional Public Assistance grants to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) and the Office of Recovery and Reconstruction of Puerto Rico.

The information was made public Wednesday by FEMA but Prepa Executive Director José Ortiz had told Caribbean Business about the approval of $250 million in aid for the utility.

Prepa was awarded more than $20 million in the grants announced Wednesday, while the Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office was awarded more than $89 million.

FEMA 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.”

FEMA said in its announcement that its Public Assistance program “has obligated more than $3.4 billion in total funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities” for “emergency protective measures and management costs associated with Hurricane Maria.”

The grants are for “debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities. The program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process,” the agency’s release reads.

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