SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Monday July 12, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched an All Hazards Preparedness Campaign in hardware stores to advise people on how to rebuild implementing mitigation measures and prevent future damages. More than 6,041 persons have been reached and this effort will continue in stores located in the 10 municipalities designated to receive federal aid under FEMA’s Public Assistance program for Infrastructure damages, after the May 26-31, 2010 storms and flooding event.
Partnering with local hardware stores, FEMA will provide an opportunity for customers to talk face-to-face with experienced personnel about: building requirements, regulations, and preventive measures to mitigate damages to property and life. FEMA is emphasizing alertness among communities that have been affected by natural disasters to be ready for all types of emergencies.
“We are encouraging families and individuals to be alert, and to be prepared in a proactive way,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez. “If you are already in the hardware store to improve your home, we will offer you specialized guidance on how to do it better.”
During August 16 - 21, FEMA Mitigation Information booths will be available at the following hardware stores, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Ferretería Hermanos Sánchez
|Ferretería Cedro Abajo
Carr. #152, Km. 17.1
Bo. Cedro Abajo
Naranjito, P.R. 00719
Comercial Las Tres R
|Ferretería Pajuil de Arecibo
Carr. #2, Km. 72.2
Arecibo, P.R. 00659
Carr. #152, Km. 8.2
Barranquitas, P.R. 00794
On June 24, 2010, President Obama ordered Federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in Arecibo, Barranquitas, Coamo, Corozal, Dorado, Naranjito, Orocovis, Utuado, Vega Alta, and Vega Baja. These municipalities, as well as some eligible local government agencies, and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for Public Assistance for damages to their Infrastructure.
For additional information on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation program and emergency preparedness, visit FEMA’s web page: www.ready.gov.
Puerto Rico… Be alert, Prepare… Survive!
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.