News and Media: Disaster 4339

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria from September 17, 2017, and continuing.

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The recovery of the island after the impact of Hurricane Maria reaches a milestone now that all 78 municipalities have funds earmarked for permanent work. This will allow for the reconstruction of 3,635 municipal projects such as roads and bridges, public buildings, and the rehabilitation of parks and recreational facilities in the communities, among others.

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Summer in Puerto Rico offers plenty of opportunities for family recreation, with water parks, museums and multiple places to learn or practice a sport. Among the projects that were restored with the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), many offer family entertainment and recreation.
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The towns of Barranquitas, Jayuya, San Sebastián and Villalba have four bridges that were rebuilt with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and have proven to be resilient by resisting the onslaught of several natural disasters since their repair.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $4.6 million for several projects that seek to address flooding problems in different parts of Puerto Rico in the event of future heavy rains.
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PDFs, Graphics & Multimedia

View the Disaster Multimedia Toolkit for social media and video content to help communicate about general disaster recovery.

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Puerto Rico: From Recovery to Resilience (English)

Puerto Rico recovery overview April 2024

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Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico (FEMA P-2020)

The MAT's areas of focused observations included: building codes, standards and regulations; residential and low-rise buildings; schools, critical facilities, photovoltaic (PV) arrays, and solar water heaters.

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Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report: 2017 Hurricane Season (FEMA P-2054)

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was extremely active, producing 17 named storms. Six of these storms became major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5), and three ranked in the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC’s) top five hurricanes with the greatest cumulative damage.

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Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Guide for Permanent Work for FEMA-4339-DR-PR

This document provides guidance to FEMA, the Recipient, and Subrecipients for implementing PAAP for permanent work under FEMA-4339-DR-PR. It describes the scope and limitations of the alternative procedures; describes changes to the aspects of the PA Program to which these procedures apply; identifies responsibilities for certain activities; and identifies timelines for key actions and decisions. It does not describe steps for all processes PAAP affects.

Vado Abrahonda - San Sebastian
Vado Abrahonda - San Sebastian

Los Martínez Road - Naranjito
Los Martínez Road - Naranjito

View of the linear promenade.  On the right side Flamboyan trees  and on the left side a two lane road
Paseo Lineal JA Corretjer-Ciales

Sign with black lettered words saying Paseo Lineal Juan Antonio Corretjer. The sign includes abstract pictures of the Puertorrican flag, cuatro and dominoes.
Paseo Lineal JA Corretjer-Ciales

A large hospital building.
Hospital El Maestro

View of the entrance of one story building painted grey with big blue sign on front that says El Maestro Hospital.

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Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Carolina Downtown Flood Mitigation Project, HMGP-4339-0184-PR, signed 7/14/2023