GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –FEMA staff and Puerto Rico emergency management officials participated in a Caribbean-area hurricane exercise this week to help strengthen the island’s hurricane response capabilities.
The three-day event, held July 23-25, focused on reviewing and updating processes for logistics and supply chain management. Officials addressed how to identify vulnerabilities and set priorities for positioning life-saving and life-sustaining commodities, services, equipment and personnel in case of another storm or emergency. The exercise addressed lessons learned in previous hurricane seasons as well as future challenges.
“The goal of this workshop is to establish a procedure for immediate response before a natural disaster or critical incident occurs that may require federal assistance, integrating local, state, community and private sector resources in an orderly and timely way,” said Orlando Olivera, preparedness official for FEMA’s Caribbean-Area Division.
The exercise included participants from the Puerto Rico Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration, private non-profits, municipal representatives and the private sector. Each group shared their experiences in the wake of Hurricane María.
The three-day event also emphasized the importance of using local resources to respond to a disaster, highlighting that disasters are best handled when they are locally executed, state managed and federally supported.
For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.
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