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Federal Recovery Updates
All figures as of Nov. 12, 2019
We update these figures monthly; for the most current progress of recovery related to a number of critical sectors in Puerto Rico, please visit the Government of Puerto Rico's website: www.status.pr
By the Numbers
Amounts of assistance provided by FEMA to survivors and communities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
- VALOR repairs completed: 6,233
- Tu Hogar Renace repairs completed: 108,484
- Prior to 2017:
- Caribbean Distribution Center - Total: 90
- On hand today:
- Caribbean Distribution Center stock: 64
- USVI stock: 43
- Ponce warehouse: 227
- Total: 334
- Still installed as back-up to a facility or microgrid unit: 5
FEMA Individual Assistance
Total dollars approved: Over $1.5 billion
- Financial Housing Assistance: $780 million
- Direct Housing Assistance: $21 million
- Other Needs Assistance (including Critical Needs Assistance): $428 million
- Human Services: $275 million
FEMA Public Assistance
Total dollars obligated - $6.0 billion
- Project worksheets obligated - 1,638
Architectural and Engineering - $464 million obligated costs (as of Oct. 23, 2019)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Total claims approved: 11,714 (as of Nov. 14, 2019)
- Funding allocated: $16 million
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Loans approved: 56,620
- Total dollars approved: $2 billion
HUD Community Development Block Grants
- Total dollars approved: $20 billion
- PRASA - 99%
- PREPA - 99.9%
- Wastewater Treatment Plants - 100%
Number of Federal Employees
- Total - 2,150
- FEMA Employees (Total) - 1,584
- Local FEMA Employees - 1,366 (86%)
- Other Federal/Local Contractors - 566
Puerto Rico Rebuilding
Summary of federal assistance provided to help Puerto Rico respond to and recover from Hurricane Maria.
- Public Assitance - $6.0 billion total approved
- $637 million funding for Debris Removal
- $4.5 billion funding for Emergency Protective Measures
- $821 million Permanent Work and Management Costs
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - $36 million obligated
- Community Disaster Loans - $306.4 million total approved
- Number of Municipalities - 78
- USACE Mission Assignments - $3.4 billion
- Grid Restoration - $2 billion
- Temporary Power Generators - $788 million
- Generator Maintenance to Critical Infrastructure - $122 million
- Debris Removal Mission Assignments - $226 million
- HUD Community Development Disaster Recovery - $20 billion awarded
- POWER Restoration and Emergency Repairs to the Electrical Grid - $4.8 billion obligated
Federal Housing Snapshot
A snapshot of federal housing assistance provided to Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico.
Individual & Households Program
Rental Assistance - $142.7 million
Essential Home Repairs - $565.2 million
Home Replacement - $90.5 million
Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repair
Repairs completed - 6,233
- Estimated total - $25 million
Tu Hogar Renace
Repairs completed - 108,484
- Average cost per home - $10,409
Permanent Housing Construction - 100% completed
- Properties repaired - 51
- Blue Roof - 59,469
- FEMA Self Help Tarps - 125,981
Direct Lease/Multi- Family Lease and Repair
- 367 families impacted
- Total dollar amount - $13.3 million
U.S. Small Business Administration Assistance for Homeowners & Businesses
Loans approved - 56,620
- Home Loans - $1.8 billion
- Business Loans - $209 million
- Total dollars approved - $2 billion
Commodity Stock Puerto Rico
FEMA’s inventory of commodities in Puerto Rico for the 2018 Hurricane Season as of October 2, 2019.
- Water (in liters)
- 2017: 800,000
- Present: 5.6 million
- 2017: 500,000
- Present: 6.4 million
- 2017: 90
- Present: 291 (Represents fully mission-capable generators only. Does not include generators stored in USVI)/As of Dec. 2, 2019
- 2017: 6,000
- Present: 20,600
- 2017: 13,000
- Present: 202,600
- Plastic Sheeting
- 2017: 15,000
- Present: 67,500
To see more photos of the federal response to Hurricane Maria, visit the following collections from our federal partners:
Construction Techniques to Minimize Damage
FEMA has prepared six Recovery Advisories in English and Spanish to describe mitigation measures that can be taken to minimize building damage.
A Mitigation Assessment Team was deployed to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria to evaluate the performance of buildings and infrastructure. Recovery Advisories are based on these field observations and provide information to assist with rebuilding decisions in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes as well as any future floodingor high wind events. This guidance is intended for homeowners, designers, building owners and officials, architects, engineers, and contractors; however, can provide helpful information for other stakeholders as well.
For more information visit the following links:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Hurricane season begins June 1, but residents should remember that emergency preparedness is a year-round responsibility. Having a preparedness plan helps everyone act quickly and decisively in the face of a disaster and can minimize loss of property and prevent death and injury.
Helping Children Cope
To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm: Call the @disasterdistressline at (800) 985-5990 crisis support services are available 24/7.
Children may cope more effectively with a disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do to help protect themselves, their family, and friends. Here’s how you can help them cope and a Fact Sheet:
- Talk about the concerns about the storm with your children. To not talk about it makes it even more threatening in your children's mind. Start by asking what your children have already heard and what understanding they have. As your children explain, listen for misinformation, misconceptions, and underlying fears or concerns, and then address these.
- Explain - as simply and directly as possible - what is happening or likely to happen. The amount of information that will be helpful to children depends on their age and developmental level, as well as their coping style. For example, older children generally want and will benefit from more detailed information than younger children. Because every child is different, take cues from your own children as to how much information to provide.
- Encourage your children to ask questions, and answer those questions directly. Like adults, children are better able to cope with a crisis if they feel they understand it. Question-and-answer exchanges help to ensure ongoing support as your children begin to understand the crisis and the response to it.
- Limit television viewing of disasters and other crisis events, especially for younger children. Consider coverage on all media, including the internet and social media. When older children watch television, try to watch with them and use the opportunity to discuss what is being seen and how it makes you and your children feel.
- Reassure children of the steps that are being taken to keep them safe. Disasters and other crises remind us that we are never completely safe from harm. Now more than ever it is important to reassure children that, in reality, they should feel safe in their schools, homes, and communities.
- Consider sharing your feelings about a crisis with your children. This is an opportunity for you to role model how to cope and how to plan for the future. Before you reach out, however, be sure that you are able to express a positive or hopeful plan.
- Help your children to identify concrete actions they can take to help those affected by recent events. Rather than focus on what could have been done to prevent a disaster or other crisis, concentrate on what can be done now to help those affected by the event.
- Play games and do activities together to create meaningful dialogue and offer a distraction.
- If you have concerns about your children's behavior, contact your children's pediatrician, other primary care provider, or a qualified mental health professional.
Disaster Fraud & Price Gouging
After a disaster scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.
- If you have any concerns about individuals representing themselves as FEMA or would like to report fraud, please contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dealing with Contractors:
Survivors should take steps to protect themselves and avoid fraud when hiring contractors to clean property, remove debris or make repairs.
Simple rules to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:
- Only use contractors licensed by your state
- Get a written estimate and get more than one estimate
- Demand and check references
- Ask for proof of insurance
- i.e., liability and Workmen's Compensation
- Insist on a written contract and refuse to sign a contract with blank spaces
- Get any guarantees in writing
- Make final payments only after the work is completed
- Pay by check.
The best way to avoid fraud is to arm yourself against it by having a checklist to remind you of what you need to demand when hiring a contractor.
If you haven’t heard from us after applying for assistance, you may need to update your contact information. If you changed your address or phone, even temporarily, be sure to let us know. Here is how:
- Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to update and track your application.
- Make changes in person at a Community Recovery Center.
- Make sure you have your nine-digit FEMA registration number at all times.
Contact the FEMA Helpline if you have questions about:
- The help offered by FEMA.
- How to apply for assistance.
- Information in your account.
Call 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.ET, 7 days a week:
Or write to:
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
For media inquiries in Puerto Rico, call FEMA Puerto Rico News Desk at (866) 366-8807.