President Declares Major Disaster For The Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico

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Release date: 
October 26, 2010
Release Number: 
HQ-10-209

WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate announced today that federal aid is available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered Federal aid to supplement the recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides associated with Tropical Storm Otto during the period of October 4-8, 2010.

 

Federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslide associated with Tropical Storm Otto in the municipalities of Aibonito, Añasco, Guánica, Guayama, Jayuya, Lares, Las Marías, Maricao, Mayagüez, Patillas, Ponce, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Germán, Utuado, Yabucoa, and Yauco.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

FEMA named Justo Hernández as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Hernández said that additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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