USACE grants $93 million contract to install FEMA tarps in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the Mobile District of Alabama, awarded a $93 million shared-capacity contract to Power & Instrumentation Services Inc. and Ceres Caribe Inc., on Nov. 21, for additional support for a temporary roofing mission commonly known as Operation Blue Roof.
Operation Blue Roof is a mission managed by USACE for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that provides homeowners affected by a disaster with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.
“The awarding of these two contracts will bring our capability up to around 1,000 roofs a day, meaning more homes will be protected in less time,” Col. James DeLapp, USACE Puerto Rico Recovery Field Office commander, said in release. “At full production, each new contractor will be able to handle 300 roofs per day.”
As of Nov. 21, more than 11,000 roofs have been installed across the island. USACE officials estimate up to 60,000 roofs could be installed. The program is currently averaging 400 roofs per day.
The temporary roofs are being installed primarily by local employees. The current contractor, Ceres Environmental, is averaging close to 90 percent local hires of the roughly 1,300 people it has working in the program.
Operation Blue Roof is for primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties with less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program. Once the blue roof is installed, the structure must be habitable.
Not all roof types qualify for the program. Roofs that are flat or made of clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify. Also, all storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
USACE Blue Roof teams are working directly with municipalities throughout the island to install the temporary roofs. Residents should coordinate with their municipal leaders to obtain information on where to complete the required Right of Entry form, which is necessary to conduct home evaluations and install the plastic tarps.
To find out if you are eligible for a blue roof, contact your municipality or call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258). The deadline to apply is Dec. 4.