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President Donald J. Trump Amends Puerto Rico Declaration

Release date: 
November 2, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-182

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that additional disaster assistance is available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The additional assistance authorizes an increase in federal funding to the Commonwealth for Public Assistance projects undertaken as a result of Hurricane Maria beginning on September 17, 2017 and continuing.

On September 27, 2017, the President authorized 100 percent federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for 180 days from the start of the declaration beginning on September 17, 2017.

Today, the President’s action authorizes a 90 percent federal cost share for Public Assistance of the total eligible costs, except for assistance previously approved at 100 percent.  In addition, in recognition of the Commonwealth’s election to participate in alternative procedures authorized under section 428 of the Robert T. Stafford Act, the President has authorized assistance conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of federal tax dollars.

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:58