FEMA grants Puerto Rico additional $64 million to cover hurricane costs
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $64 million to Puerto Rico to cover costs related to Hurricane Maria.
These awards bring to $4.6 billion the amount of funds obligated under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
The latest grants approved are as follows:
- More than $44 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Education for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
- More than $11 million to the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau to cover emergency protective measures.
- More than $6 million to the Municipality of Trujillo Alto for debris removal.
- Nearly $3 million to the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company for emergency protective measures.
Emergency protective measures are 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 works with Puerto Rico’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency, or COR3, through the agency’s Public Assistance program to obligate recovery funds to private nonprofit organizations, municipalities and agencies of the Government of Puerto Rico for expenses related to hurricanes Irma and María.