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FEMA Approves an Additional $128 Million in Assistance to Puerto Rico

Release date: 
October 14, 2017
Release Number: 
DR 4339-PR NR 017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded an additional $128 million for emergency work conducted by the Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority (PREPA). These funds are in addition to the more than $213 million previously awarded for other emergency work.

PREPA is an autonomous agency of the Government of Puerto Rico that produces and distributes electricity to more than 1.5 million customers and is a not-for-profit public corporation. During the incident period that began on September 17, 2017, strong winds, storms, floods, debris and fallen trees associated with Hurricane Maria caused severe damages and the collapse of the electrical power system throughout Puerto Rico.

To date, more than $70 million has been awarded for assistance to individuals and more than $347 million for emergency work in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

FEMA continues to take registrations from residents of Puerto Rico who incurred damages to their homes and personal property as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Individuals and households in Puerto Rico can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.  FEMA teams are also on the ground meeting face-to-face with disaster survivors and helping with registrations. 

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59