WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today designated Culebra, Puerto Rico, a "disaster-resistant" community. This designation is part of Project Impact, a national effort to change the way America deals with disasters by shifting taking actions in advance of disasters that reduce potential damage.
"We've got to change the way we deal with disasters. We have to break the damage-repair, damage-repair cycle," said FEMA Regional Director Lynn G. Canton. "I commend the Municipality of Culebra for making the commitment to get the community and businesses working together to reduce the costs and consequences of disasters."
Under the terms of the memorandum of agreement signed today, FEMA will provide up to $500,000 in seed money for disaster resistant actions. The partners in this project are FEMA, the Puerto Rico Civil Defense, the Municipality of Culebra and 24 businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
"We recognize the need for mitigation efforts especially in storm-prone areas," said Epifanio Jim?nez, Director of the Puerto Rico Civil Defense. "Culebra will become a model community for the rest of the island."
The funds awarded to Culebra will be used for the mitigation projects designed specifically for this community. They include:
- Implementation of Mitigation Measures for Existing Structures
Project Impact hardware store partners are donating hurricane clips and straps that will be placed in wood structures and waterfront restaurants which will then be inspected by structural engineers and representatives from the Puerto Rico Regulations and Permits Administration to ensure that the clips and straps are properly installed according to the new Puerto Rico building codes. Hurricane shutters and hurricane resistant windows will be provided for the Culebra Health Center, Municipal Hall, Municipal Library, the Elderly Center and the Multiple Use Center.
- Sustaining public/private partnerships
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