Puerto Rico Explosions and Fire (EM-3306)

Incident period: October 23, 2009 to October 26, 2009
Emergency Declaration declared on October 24, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 28, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met today with Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño to discuss FEMA’s partnership with Puerto Rico, as well as the response to the explosions and fires that struck the island late last week. Over the weekend, President Obama signed an Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico, making federal assistance available for emergency protective measures.
October 24, 2009
News Release
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency declaration issued for Puerto Rico. "Emergency" is any occasion or instance in which the president determines that federal assistance is needed to supplement state and local efforts to save lives and protect property and public health and safety or to avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States.
October 24, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by explosions and fire beginning on October 23, 2009 and continuing.
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