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Communities evolve and their needs change. Faced with this reality, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the options of alternate or improved projects to meet their new realities. Two projects in the municipalities of Orocovis and Yabucoa demonstrate these alternatives with a total obligation of nearly $5.2 million.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leading efforts to develop resources and guidance for communities to understand and fulfill their critical role in achieving comprehensive resilience, while preparing for future natural disasters.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports the work of several nonprofit organizations by allocating funds for projects that will reduce future damage to these institutions. Through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the agency's allocations and technical assistance will ensure the continuity of services in these places in the face of future natural disasters.
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Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced progress on the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan during 2023, highlighting the importance of stakeholder feedback and building resilient communities. Last year’s efforts positioned the agency to continue building a resilient nation that can withstand the imminent threats of tomorrow.
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The recovery process from Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico continues at an unwavering tempo with over $563 million in FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program funds to address emergency and permanent projects for damaged infrastructure in the Island. In December 2023 alone, FEMA approved 174 obligations, from which nine (9) were large projects totaling nearly $20 million for recovery work such as debris removal, and repair of roads and bridges affected by this hurricane.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved over $41.3 million for the construction phase of the Early Warning System (EWS) for 17 dams in 12 municipalities.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has supported the repair of several community aqueducts in Puerto Rico due to damage by Hurricane María. Five of these aqueducts systems in the towns of Aguas Buenas, Coamo, Naranjito, Patillas and Yabucoa have already benefited from over $331,400 from the agency to repair and strengthen the facilities for future weather events.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports the recovery of the Hogar CREA organization, with a multi-million allocation that includes nearly $943,000 to repair rehabilitation centers in Juncos, Coamo, Fajardo, and Trujillo Alto. This injection of federal funds will allow Hogar CREA to maintain its facilities in optimal conditions to continue its mission of rehabilitating people with addiction problems.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligated over $5.4 million to five Non-Profits located in San Juan, Humacao and Patillas.
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Landslides and coastal erosion were two of the most frequent impacts suffered by Puerto Rico's municipalities because of Hurricane María in 2017. These and other threats may worsen and increase as the effects of climate change continue to intensify across the Island. To address this challenge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Community Assistance - Recovery Support Function (CA-RSF) unit, organized a workshop to advise municipal staff on new tools and strategies that can increase the resilience of their recovery projects by considering climate change variables in their jurisdictions. Emergency planners and managers, among other local officials from the municipalities of Bayamón, Cataño, Ciales, Dorado, Florida, Guaynabo, Manatí, Morovis, Orocovis, San Juan, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Vega Alta and Vega Baja participated in the event.
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