SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On November 4, 2010, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and Puerto Rico Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) staff held an Applicants’ Briefing meeting for municipal governments, state agencies, and private non-profit organizations eligible to apply for federal aid under the October 26, 2010 presidential disaster declaration. This declaration resulted from the damages caused by Tropical Storm Otto during the period of October 4-8, 2010.
"At this meeting, eligible applicants learned about the application process and requirements to submit projects proposals under FEMA’s Public Assistance (Infrastructure) and Hazard Mitigation Grants programs,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernández.
Qualified private non-profit organizations may apply for federal aid to restore certain kinds of facilities that provide essential governmental services, such as emergency, educational, utility, community services, health and safety, medical, and custodial care.
Under the Public Assistance (PA) program, eligible municipal governments, state agencies, and certain private nonprofit entities have thirty (30) days from the date of the state eligibility for PA grants to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the GAR at the PR Office of Management and Budget.
The municipalities included in the October 26, 2010 presidential declaration are Adjuntas, Aibonito, Añasco, Guánica, Guayama, Jayuya, Lares, Las Marías, Maricao, Mayagüez, Morovis, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Germán, Utuado, Villalba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.
While governments prepare for disasters, FEMA encourages individuals, families and businesses to be proactive and get ready for any hazards in their communities; have an emergency kit and plan, and get flood insurance if they are located in a flood prone area, etc. Additional emergency preparedness information is available at www.ready.gov.
FEMA‘s mission 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.