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FEMA awards Puerto Rico nearly $46 million in grants

By on October 18, 2018

SAN JUAN –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $46 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses.

The awards bring the total amount of funds obligated under the agency’s Public Assistance program to $3.9 billion.

The grants approved are distributed as follows, according to FEMA’s release Thursday:

  • Nearly $14.4 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Wisconsin Electric Power Company for emergency protective measures
  • Nearly $13.3 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Arizona Public Service Company for emergency protective measures
  • More than $10.6 million to the municipality of Carolina to remove debris
  • More than $4 million to the Puerto Rico Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration
  • More than $3.2 million to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority for emergency protective measures

The agency defined emergency protective measures as actions 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’s Public Assistance program provides grants to presidentially declared municipalities, eligible government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations. It also “encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process,” FEMA said.

FEMA obligates funding for claimed projects through Puerto Rico’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency.

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