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Florida governor speaks with FEMA on recovery for Puerto Rico

By on January 12, 2018

SAN JUAN – Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke Thursday with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long regarding the agency’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and “the importance of continued communication between federal, state and local partners as families continue to recover from Hurricane Maria,” according to a release from his office.

Following a decision by Puerto Rican officials working with FEMA, the statement reads, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) was notified that enrollment in the federal TSA program will be limited to individuals whose homes in Puerto Rico have not yet been determined by FEMA to be restored to “safe and livable conditions and have power.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, listens to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló during a press conference on Sept. 28, 2017, in Puerto Rico. (CB photo)

The  release cites Scott as saying: “We have worked non-stop to ensure families from Puerto Rico coming to Florida are offered every available state resource and the assistance they need to get back on their feet following Hurricane Maria. Our top priority is to ensure that every family displaced by Hurricane Maria gets the resources they need and that federal, state and local partners continue to work together to ensure a full recovery for these individuals.

“During my call with Administrator Long, we discussed the importance of ongoing federal, state and local support in the delivery of services to Puerto Rican families. I expressed to them the importance of making sure that all families from Puerto Rico in Florida know exactly what federal resources are available to them. I also asked FEMA what federal resources were available to help families return to Puerto Rico once it has been determined it is safe for them to do so. Florida is the most welcoming state in the nation and we invite every family from Puerto Rico to visit our Disaster Recovery Centers to receive information and assistance.”

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