https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Supports the Restoration of Historic Buildings in San Juan https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210512/fema-supports-restoration-historic-buildings-san-juan <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Supports the Restoration of Historic Buildings in San Juan</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>The multi-million obligation includes La Fortaleza, La Casa del Libro and several historic cemeteries </em></strong></p> <p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong>— Iconic structures such as Santa Catalina’s Palace, known as La Fortaleza, La Casa del Libro museum/library and several historic cemeteries in San Juan will be repaired with an obligation of over <strong>$7.4 million</strong> from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).</p> <p>The award aims to bring the facilities to their pre-Hurricane María conditions. Also, funding combines nearly <strong>$678,000 </strong>for mitigation measures that will increase the structures’ resiliency in the face of future disasters.</p> <p>Due to the great architectural and cultural value that these protected landmarks have, all repairs must comply with federal and local regulations for historic preservation. This will ensure that many generations to come can also enjoy these sites,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José G. Baquero.</p> <p>Over<strong> $2.8 million</strong> is earmarked for work at La Fortaleza, which include the replacement of wooden floors and beams, the roof, the waterproofing system, brick and mortar walls, and historic windows and doors louvers. Mitigation measures at this site designated as a National Historic Landmark and World Heritage Site by UNESCO will include reinforcing downspouts and installing more resistant windows and doors.</p> <p>According to the Executive Director of the State Historic Preservation Office, architect Carlos Rubio Cancela, FEMA has become an important ally of his Office in the efforts to recover and rehabilitate historic buildings affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.</p> <p>“It is very important that the obligation of these projects occurred within the commemorative period of the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of San Juan. This gives FEMA's contribution and the obligation of these projects a monumental importance because it’s our responsibility that this city, which is reaching its 500th anniversary with the beauty that we all admire, continues in this way for the next 500 years,” Rubio Cancela added.</p> <p>The four historic cemeteries that will be repaired with <strong>$2.7 million </strong>are the La Capital Cemetery, built in 1954 with five mausoleums and a chapel; Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, built in 1863 with multiple mausoleums and located between EL Morro and the sea coast; Villa Nevárez Cemetery, built in 1930 as a public cemetery with family concrete crypts; and Villa Palmeras Cemetery, built in 1920 on 10 acres with a chapel and a family-owned mausoleum.These municipal cemeteries are in areas considered to be critical habitats for endangered species such as some turtles, manatees and the Puerto Rican boa. Work on the cemeteries will cover the removal and replacement of Victorian streetlight fixtures, jalousie wood windows, among others.</p> <p>Likewise, <strong>$1.8 million</strong> will go towards the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for repairs to La Casa del Libro. This space houses an important collection of antique books, more than 300 published in the 15th century, and documents from 1493. Located in the Old San Juan Historic District, the site is also designated a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.</p> <p>Aside from repairs such as removing and replacing the asphalt roofing and the electrical breaker panel, hazard mitigation measures will take place. These include installing covers for each roof drain and adding weather-strip foam between the door and window frames to prevent water intrusion.</p> <p>“The repair of these historic buildings supports the resilience of the tourism sector. Local and international tourists will have the opportunity to enjoy these centers of great cultural value in a safe manner. Our team is committed to providing assistance in matters related to the recovery processes of these areas,” said Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3).</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_la-fortaleza.jpg" width="1429" height="804" alt="Blue colored historic building; Governor’s house." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (May 4, 2021) – Over $2.8 million is earmarked for work at La Fortaleza, which include the replacement of wooden floors and beams, the roof, the waterproofing system, brick and mortar walls, and historic windows and doors louvers. Mitigation measures at this site designated as a National Historic Landmark and World Heritage Site by UNESCO will include reinforcing downspouts and installing more resistant windows and doors. Foto FEMA/Eliezer Hernández</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_santa-maria-magdalena-de-pazzis-cementery.jpg" width="1366" height="769" alt="Historic Cemetery located in Old San Juan." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (May 4, 2021) – The four historic cemeteries that will be repaired with $2.7 million are the La Capital Cemetery, built in 1954 with five mausoleums and a chapel; Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, built in 1863 with multiple mausoleums and located between El Morro and the sea coast; Villa Nevárez Cemetery, built in 1930 as a public cemetery with family concrete crypts; and Villa Palmeras Cemetery, built in 1920 on 10 acres with a chapel and a family-owned mausoleum. Foto FEMA/Eliezer Hernández</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_la-casa-del-libro-museum.jpg" width="1354" height="763" alt="Historic brick colored building that houses an important collection of antique books." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (4 de mayo de 2021) – A total of $1.8 million will go towards the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for repairs to La Casa del Libro. This space houses an important collection of antique books, more than 300 published in the 15th century, and documents from 1493. Located in the Old San Juan Historic District, the site is also designated a National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Foto FEMA/Eliezer Hernández</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/12/2021 - 12:06</span> Wed, 12 May 2021 12:06:31 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 619676 at https://www.fema.gov Get a Head Start on Readiness and Resilience During Hurricane Preparedness Week https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210510/get-head-start-readiness-and-resilience-during-hurricane-preparedness-week <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Get a Head Start on Readiness and Resilience During Hurricane Preparedness Week</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a>ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Hurricane Preparedness Week gives Virgin Islanders a chance to review and refine their emergency plans three weeks before Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. Update your plans and practice them throughout the year with your family and neighbors.</a></p> <p><a>Get informed, be alert and get a head start with preparedness. We have nearly three months before the season’s peak </a><a>when tropical waves form off the west coast of Africa and move through the Caribbean</a>, but Virgin Islanders know hurricanes can spin up anytime.  </p> <p>“Even while we are still working on COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Virgin Islands, FEMA and VITEMA are working together to make sure we are ready for hurricane season,” said Mark A. Walters, Coordinator of FEMA’s U.S. Virgin Islands Caribbean Area Office. “It is not the time for Virgin Islanders to take preparedness for granted, take the time now to prepare for emergencies that may impact your home and family before the storm arrives.”</p> <p>“June 1 through November 30 is hurricane season and we want you to be ready.  Hurricane preparedness is for everyone. Start with a plan. Get ready by being informed. Sign up for <a href="https://member.everbridge.net/892807736729008/login">Alert VI</a> today. Be prepared. It’s not too early to buy supplies, do it now. Make sure your family has a plan for food and water and an evacuation plan if you have to leave your home. Have at least a one-week supply of water and nonperishable food items for each person in the household. Fill your vehicle with fuel. Place additional fuel in approved containers in a secure area. Park vehicles outside of areas prone to flooding. #MissionReady - Be Prepared, Stay Informed and Be Vigilant,” said Daryl Jaschen, Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA).</p> <p>There are steps you could now take to ensure you and your family are better prepared for emergencies.</p> <ul><li>Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/prepare-for-hurricane.html">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on COVID-19</a> and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for the office, kids’ day care, and anywhere you frequent.</li> </ul><ul><li>If you or anyone in your household is elderly or an individual with a disability, access, or functional need, identify any additional help during an emergency. Virgin Islanders age 60 and older and persons with disabilities may register with the V.I. Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Elder, Dependent Adult and Disabled Persons Disaster Registry. <ul><li>To register, call 340-774-0930 ext. 4018 on St. Thomas, 340-776-6334 on St. John and 340-773-6630 on St. Croix. You can download and fill out a registry form at <a href="http://www.dhs.gov.vi">www.dhs.gov.vi</a>.</li> </ul></li> </ul><ul><li>Have several ways to receive alerts. Sign up for <a href="https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729008#/signup">Alert VI</a> to receive emergency notifications in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA app</a> on your smartphone and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Check the settings on your mobile phones to make sure you can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts, which require no sign-up. <ul><li>Have an emergency charging option for your phone and other devices.</li> </ul></li> </ul><ul><li>Protect your home against storms. Declutter drains and gutters, consider hurricane shutters and leave room in your home to bring in outside furniture during a storm.</li> </ul><ul><li>Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will stay during a hurricane. Follow the instructions from territorial agencies who will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and appropriate safety measures. <ul><li>To lower your risk of COVID-19 while sheltering with family, friends or in a public shelter, take your best shot against COVID-19 and get the vaccine as the U.S. Virgin Islands progresses toward 50,000 first vaccine doses by July 1.</li> <li>Vaccination appointments are handled through the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Gateway at <a href="https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines">https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines</a>  or VITEMA’s vaccine registration line at 340-777-8227. Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health at <a href="http://www.covid19usvi.com/">www.covid19usvi.com/</a>.</li> </ul></li> </ul><ul><li>Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space. You may need your documents to apply for and receive assistance after a disaster.</li> <li>Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, masks, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks. <ul><li>Replenish supplies in your emergency kit and replace expired items as needed.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p>Visit <a href="http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes">www.ready.gov/hurricanes</a>  for more information on how to prepare for hurricanes, stay safe during a hurricane and returning home after a hurricane. Review Hurricane Preparedness Week’s themes, such as how to get an insurance checkup and how to strengthen your home, at <a href="http://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness">www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness</a>, and follow <a href="http://www.vitema.vi.gov">www.vitema.vi.gov</a>  for information on local events and outreach.</p> <p><a>###</a></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>delia.husband</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/10/2021 - 20:51</span> Mon, 10 May 2021 20:51:19 +0000 delia.husband 619619 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/fema-leans-forward-first-100-days-biden-harris-administration <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to play a significant role in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, delivering on the agency’s commitment to bring vaccinations to hard-to-reach and historically underserved communities during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration.</p> <p>The agency has provided more than $4.7 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia in support of pandemic response efforts across the country. FEMA’s strong partnerships with state, local, territorial and tribal governments is helping ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, especially communities of color. “Equity is at the core of our federal response and recovery strategy, keeping hard-to-reach and underserved populations around the country at the forefront of decision making and operations,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>“The needs of the community who visit our sites remains a top priority,” said Criswell. “We’re boosting accessibility by providing translation services in more than 180 languages for people with language barriers, as well as deploying our civil rights and disability integration staff to help partners address the needs of people with disabilities in all facets of vaccine center operations.”</p> <p>FEMA has opened over 30 pilot community vaccination centers and 11 mobile vaccination units across the United States serving hard-to-reach areas. As part of this mission, FEMA developed a <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_civil-rights-covid-19_vaccine_checklist_02-11-2021.pdf">Civil Rights Checklist</a> to assist state, tribal and territorial partners in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to provide access to vaccine-related programs, activities and services in an equitable and nondiscriminatory manner.  </p> <p>“Through our 10 regional offices working with our various partners, we’ve ensured that more than 56% of historically underserved populations have been served through pilot community vaccination centers in cities throughout the country from Yakima County in Washington to Bessemer County in Alabama,” she said.</p> <p>The vaccine distribution mission is one of several other actions taken by the agency to support the nation. A full list of activities can be found <a href="/fact-sheet/biden-harris-administration-first-100-days">here</a>. The FEMA 100-Days of Action is in large part due to the efforts of the agency’s 10 regional offices.</p> <p>Here are some highlights:</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-1">Region 1</a> – Leveraging Partnerships, Achieving Results</h3> <p>The region set up a partnership with a group home in Rhode Island for adults with disabilities. The FEMA staff working at the Providence community vaccination center coordinates with this group to provide a sensory room for vaccinations in a separate space at the end of the day with a private entrance.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-1_hynes-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="735" height="737" alt="A group of soilders standing in attention. Soldiers in the front holding a sign stating &quot;100,00 Vaccinated US NAVY Loves Boston&quot;." /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>BOSTON -- FEMA Region 1, along with federal and state partners, commemorates 100k vaccines administered at the Hynes community vaccination center in mid-April.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-2">Region 2</a> – Bringing Vaccinations to the Northeast Corridor</h3> <p>FEMA Region 2 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Newark, New Jersey; New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), Albany, Erie, Westchester and Monroe, New York.</p> <p>The federal pilot community vaccination centers are just one part of the overall support FEMA provides to states and jurisdictions.  FEMA works with each state, tribe and territory to identify COVID-related resource needs and provide tailored resources to support vaccination efforts.  FEMA provides 100% of funding for protective measures against COVID-19 and vaccine-related activities.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2_bringing-vaccinations-northeast-corridor_photo.jpg" width="935" height="625" alt="FEMA workers assisting a survivor register for a vaccine. " /></div> </article><p>PATERSON, N.J. -- FEMA staff at a community vaccination center at Cavalry Baptist Church help community members with the vaccination process.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-3">Region 3</a> – Grass Roots Outreach, Multiple Centers Connect the Region with Vaccine Access</h3> <p>Region 3 worked with local, state, private sector and federal partners to identify, build out and open three federal pilot sites focused on ensuring vaccines were accessible to socially vulnerable citizens in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  Sites included: Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Station and Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, Va. </p> <p>Region 3 also worked with the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania to stand up the first Federal Type I Pilot “walk-through” site in the country, located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_grass-roots-outreach.jpg" width="1013" height="659" alt="FEMA Worker holding a umbrella and another working signing a survivor up for vaccinations. " /></div> </article><p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A FEMA staff member assists with logistics at a West Virginia community vaccination center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_staff-assist-city-center-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="1012" height="677" alt="FEMA working standing in a Vaccinations Center" /></div> </article><p>PHILADELPHIA -- FEMA staff assists with the City Center community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-4">Region 4</a> – Setting up Centers to do the Most Good for the Most Vulnerable</h3> <p>In March, FEMA Region 4 worked with state partners to open a community vaccination center at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The state-of-the-art facility is accessible by car, bus and rail and is uniquely located to support underserved people in the south and east sides of the metro area and has the space and teams needed to administer up to 6,000 doses a day.</p> <p>The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index and population data from the census. FEMA continues working with state partners to locate community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_atl-cvc-af1-tour_4.jpg" width="612" height="407" alt="Sgt. Matthew Mattias, a combat medic assigned to to Fort Stewart, Ga., prepares a syringe with the COVID vaccine before administering to a patient in Atlanta’s community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium." /></div> </article><p>ATLANTA -- Sgt. Matthew Mattias prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine before administering to a patient in the community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-4_spanish-spokesperson_daniel-llargues-talks-reporters_photo.jpg" width="912" height="683" alt="Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporter on the opening of a COVID Vaccination Center" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>MIAMI -- FEMA Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporters at the community vaccination center about equitable vaccine distribution and the partnership between local, state and the federal government to run these centers nationwide.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-5">Region 5</a> – Detroit Center Serves up to 6K Shots Per Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 5 worked with state partners in the region to open community vaccination centers, including one at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGDBRg42kWU">Detroit’s Ford Field</a>, providing up to 6,000 shots per day, with a focus on equity in vaccine administration by reaching socially vulnerable, underrepresented populations.</p> <p>In March, FEMA provided $36M to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant funding will help Wayne County and the state of Michigan end this pandemic and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals who need them most.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regional-administrator-visits-cleveland-vaccination-center_2.jpg" width="651" height="434" alt="Acting FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator checks in with vaccine recipients at the Cleveland community vaccination center." /></div> </article><p>CLEVELAND -- Acting Region 5 Regional Administrator Kevin Sligh speaks with a patient before she receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Wolstein Center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-6">Region 6</a> – Working to Expedite Vaccinations Across the Southwest</h3> <p>FEMA Region 6 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Houston, Arlington and Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.</p> <p>FEMA and its federal partners have been supporting states through the federal pilot community vaccination centers to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations across the United States.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/region-6_vaccines-delivered-pilot-community-vaccination_center_Houston_photo.jpg" width="963" height="634" alt="men unboxing the covid-19 vaccines outside in front of the fema trailer" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- COVID-19 vaccines delivered to a pilot community vaccination site in Houston.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-7">Region 7</a> – Vaccinating the Community with up to 3K Shots a Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 7 opened a pilot communication vaccination center in St. Louis, capable of administering 3,000 shots per day. Community vaccination centers are led by states and may be supported by federal government entities, including FEMA. State governments also determine vaccination priorities and procedures.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regon-7_dome-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="822" height="695" alt="A female soldier administrating the covid-19 shot to a male " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>ST. LOUIS -- Vaccinations administered at the Dome community vaccination center. </p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-8">Region 8</a> – Partnership with Indian Health Service Brings Vaccines to Tribal Communities</h3> <p>FEMA Region 8 continues making vaccinations available to communities in a way that has overcome multiple access barriers. The region partnered with Indian Health Service on mobile vaccinations units that offered refrigeration capabilities that enabled delivery of vaccinations in rural tribal communities, allowing 16- and 17-year-old tribal members access to vaccines.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-8_partnership-indian-health-service_photo.jpg" width="848" height="570" alt="A woman standing beside a woman in a chair beside a nurse seating at a table " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>SISSETON, S.D. -- A nurse with Indian Health Service provides information to the community.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-9">Region 9</a> – More than 50 Percent of Adults Vaccinated on the Navajo Nation</h3> <p>The first two pilot federal community vaccination centers in the country were established in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In eight weeks, 62% of individuals vaccinated at the California community vaccination centers were people of color.</p> <p>With more than 150 tribal nations, Region 9 also deployed federal staff to clinics on the Navajo Nation. Last year, the Navajo Nation experienced the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, and this year the tribe became the first tribe, state or territory in the region to vaccinate more than 50% of adults.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-9_spanish-interpreter-assists-dod-staff_photo.jpg" width="980" height="652" alt="A woman standing in front of a male and and female solider looking at a table. All 3 of them are wearing face mask and shields" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>LOS ANGELES -- A Spanish interpreter assists DOD staff at the Cal State LA community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-10">Region 10</a> – Pilot Centers Operating in Oregon and Washington</h3> <p>FEMA Region 10 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Central Point, Oregon and Yakima, Washington.</p> <p>The federal government has provided critical support in the form of personnel, supplies and/or funding to help establish or expand state-led community vaccination centers nationwide.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-10-testing-sites-anchorage-alaska_photo.jpg" width="1017" height="675" alt="medical professional standing around a table" /></div> </article><p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- FEMA awarded over $11M to Alaska to reimburse the operation of COVID-19 testing sites in Anchorage, Alaska.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 19:17</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 19:17:37 +0000 zella.campbell 619258 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Nearly $7 Million To Rebuild Recycling Centers and Municipal Landfills https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210429/fema-awards-nearly-7-million-rebuild-recycling-centers-and-municipal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Nearly $7 Million To Rebuild Recycling Centers and Municipal Landfills</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico</strong>— In order to repair damage caused by Hurricane María at several landfills and recycling centers around the island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently approved nearly <strong>$7 million</strong>.</p> <p>“We’ll continue to collaborate with the government of Puerto Rico and municipal governments for the development of their recovery projects. This award consists of over $5 million for twelve landfills and the remainder for seven municipal recycling centers,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José G. Baquero.</p> <p>Of these funds, $100,700 is earmarked for repairs to the Juana Díaz landfill. In addition to serving over 50,000 residents, the landfill also serves several neighboring municipalities, businesses and industries in the southern area of Puerto Rico. According to the municipality, this facility receives between 300 to 400 tons of non-hazardous waste daily, roughly five percent of all municipal solid waste generated daily in Puerto Rico.</p> <p>“It is very important to keep this landfill operational, so that it can protect the sanitary conditions of those communities where waste is collected on a daily basis. The municipality continues to work with FEMA on this and other projects, to protect both our citizens’ health and the environment,” said the mayor of Juana Díaz, Ramón A. Hernández Torres.</p> <p>The award also includes over $56,000 for the Loíza Municipal Recycling Center. Every month this facility processes between 50,000 and 64,000 pounds of recyclable materials, including textiles, plastic, refrigerators, scrap metal, motor oil, cooking oil and cardboard.</p> <p>According to the mayor of Loíza, Julia Nazario, the repairs to be completed at the recycling center’s administrative areas will help these return to their pre-hurricane capacity. “The optimal operation of this municipal recycling unit will directly benefit the health and quality of life of our citizens,” added the mayor.</p> <p>In addition, $17,000 was approved for repairs at the Orocovis municipal recycling center. This facility, which has remained in operation after the hurricane, processes around 800,000 pounds of recyclable material per year, such as cardboard, newspaper and plastic, among others.</p> <p>“It is extremely significant for us to receive this obligation, not only for the municipality’s well-being, but for Puerto Rico and the entire world since we are talking about recycling. We combined the funds received from FEMA with funding received from the insurance company, and among the improvements, we acquired machinery to accelerate the process,” said the mayor of Orocovis, Jesús E. Colón Berlingeri.</p> <p>For his part, Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico (COR3), said that developing these projects will allow building resilient infrastructure that will be in place in the event of a future natural disaster. “In COR3 we recognize the importance of these works, which contribute positively in one way or another to the protection of the environment and the health of the Puerto Rican people. Our team is committed to providing the necessary assistance in matters related to these projects,” Laboy Rivera added.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>manuel.deleon</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:16</span> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:16:42 +0000 manuel.deleon 619140 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210428/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-new-jersey <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storm and snowstorm from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and snowstorm in Cape May, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren counties.</p> <p>In addition, federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow removal for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Claude Hyacinthe has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/28/2021 - 21:20</span> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 21:20:35 +0000 zella.campbell 619115 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Over $6.2 Million for Ecotourism Facilities https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210422/fema-awards-over-62-million-ecotourism-facilities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Over $6.2 Million for Ecotourism Facilities</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico</strong> – Environmental protection allows the population to enjoy nature, while contributing to their well-being and also indirectly promotes the creation of small business in the ecotourism industry. This positive cascade effect is how Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José Baquero Tirado, described the recent <strong>$6.2 million</strong> obligation to the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) and the municipalities of Villalba and Aibonito for projects related to the enjoyment of the environment.</p> <p>This award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) includes over <strong>$5.1 million</strong> for repairs at the Punta Santiago Vacation Center in Humacao, one of the most important ecotourism destinations in the eastern part of the island. The facility is located near Balneario Punta Santiago and the Efraín Archilla Humacao Nature Reserve, a 3,186-acre recreational park and a refuge for wildlife such as the <em>tinglar</em>, brown pelican and Puerto Rican boa. The award also includes funding to repair the Punta Santiago Aquatic Park.</p> <p>For his part, Humacao Mayor Reinaldo Vargas said that the opening of this vacation center will have a positive impact on businesses in Punta Santiago, because of its tourism appeal. The monthly occupancy at the center was around 600 people and the DNER estimates that the economic loss after its closure is approximately $2.2 million.</p> <p>“Sales will benefit, as well as the possible opening of new businesses and jobs. Bordering the Punta Santiago area is the Efraín Archilla Nature Reserve, which has several micro-businesses dedicated to recreation. These are local businesses dedicated to equipment rental, so they would directly benefit from the flow of visitors and tourists arriving to the area,” added the mayor.</p> <p>Towards the central region of the island, another ecological recreation space that was approved over <strong>$420,800</strong> in federal funding for repairs is the La Piedra Degetau observation deck, or <em>mirador</em>, as it is also known, and passive park in Aibonito. It has several wooden gazebos, among gardens, trees and an observation post.</p> <p>Nearby, the municipality of Villalba was obligated over <strong>$121,300</strong> to repair the municipality’s observation deck, a passive recreation area located at the top of Puerto Rico’s Central Mountain Range. At an altitude of 3,300 feet above sea level, the Mirador between Villalba and Orocovis has sports facilities, a children's play area, gazebos and a lookout point that provides views of the island's north and south coasts, the Atlantic Ocean, the North Karst area and Puerto Rico’s geographic center.</p> <p>“These obligations of funds from FEMA will allow the reconstruction of safe and eco-friendly spaces that will boost the recovery of tourism in various regions of the island.  In addition, the projects will promote the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico by fostering the creation of businesses that will result in new job opportunities. At COR3 we will assist in the processes related to each of these recovery projects,” said Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3).</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_punta-santiago-vacation-center-humacao.jpg" width="1427" height="953" alt="A white multiple floors building in the Punta Santiago Vacation Center." /></div> </article><p><strong>HUMACAO, Puerto Rico</strong> (April 19, 2021) – FEMA awarded over <strong>$5.1 million</strong> for repairs at the Punta Santiago Vacation Center in Humacao, one of the most important ecotourism destinations in the eastern part of the island. The facility is located near Balneario Punta Santiago and the Efraín Archilla Humacao Nature Reserve, a 3,186-acre recreational park and a refuge for wildlife. FEMA Photo/Eduardo Martínez</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_punta-santiago-aquatic-park.jpg" width="1427" height="953" alt="Aquatic park in Punta Santiago with palm trees surrounding the park." /></div> </article><p><strong>HUMACAO, Puerto Rico</strong> (April 19, 2021) – The award also includes funding to repair the Punta Santiago Aquatic Park. FEMA Photo/Eduardo Martínez</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:12</span> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:12:18 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618918 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rincón https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210420/disaster-recovery-center-opens-rincon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rincón</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>RINCÓN, Puerto Rico</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is available for survivors in Rincón whose homes or businesses were affected by the 2020 earthquakes. The DRC will open on <strong>Tuesday, April. 20, 2021 at 8 a.m.</strong> and is located in the <strong>Ventana al Mar- Salón Glamour, at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Avenue. </strong>Survivors can now apply in person for assistance and submit documents for their FEMA assistance applications.</p> <p>At the DRC, survivors will find representatives from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, along with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) specialists.</p> <p>Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, face coverings are required for entry and service.</p> <p><a>Survivors can apply or update their application in the following ways:</a></p> <ul><li><a>Call</a> the <a><strong>FEMA Helpline at </strong></a><a><strong>800-621-3362</strong></a><strong> or (TTY) 800-462-7585. </strong>Press 2 for a Spanish-speaking operator. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.</li> </ul><ul><li>Visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li>Download FEMA’s mobile app. <a>Select <strong>Disaster Resources</strong> and click on <strong>Apply for Assistance Online</strong>. </a>If you have an Apple device: Text <strong>APPLE</strong> to <strong>43362</strong>. For those with an Android device: Text <strong>ANDROID</strong> to <strong>43362</strong>. For more information go to: <a href="http://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">www.fema.gov/mobile-app</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li>Survivors can request any necessary reasonable accommodation. People who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to use the VRS or Video Relay Service.</li> </ul><p>For more information on recovery from these earthquakes, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4473">fema.gov/disaster/4473</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:15</span> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:15:33 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618865 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210412/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-residents-rincon-affected <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that employees or self-employed individuals who live in Rincón and became unemployed as a direct consequence of the Earthquakes that began in December 28, 2019 may be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).</p> <p><a>Survivors that live in Rincón can file a claim </a>until May 12, 2021.<strong> </strong>To be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, the applicant must:</p> <ul><li>File a regular unemployment insurance claim and be determined ineligible for benefits;</li> <li>Be unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of the disaster;</li> <li>Be able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster;</li> <li><strong>File an application for DUA within 30 days of the date of this announcement</strong><strong>; </strong>and</li> <li>Have not refused an offer of employment in a suitable position.</li> </ul><p><a>Survivors can find the DUA application at </a><a href="https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/">trabajo.pr.gov</a>. Applications can be can placed in the mail box located at the nearest Puerto Rico Department of Labor office, from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or uploaded at <a href="http://www.trabajo.pr.gov/DocUploader">trabajo.pr.gov/DocUploader</a>. </p> <p>To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation <strong>must be submitted to the Puerto Rico Department of Labor within 21 days</strong> from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation may include Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax return, check stubs or documentation to support that applicants were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.</p> <p>To verify eligibility and additional information on DUA, survivors must visit their local unemployment office or visit <a href="http://www.trabajo.pr.gov">trabajo.pr.gov</a>. DUA is managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and funded by FEMA. Survivors may also search for employment and training opportunities through the American Job Center or by visiting <a href="https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/local-help.aspx"><strong>CareerOneStop.org/LocalHelp</strong></a>.  </p> <p>Survivors who require any reasonable accommodation, can request it and it will be provided. People who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to use the VRS or Video Relay Service.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the earthquakes, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4473">fema.gov/disaster/4473</a>. Follow us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/12/2021 - 12:17</span> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:17:32 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618629 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Allocates Nearly $18.4 Million to Repair the Roberto Clemente Stadium https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210407/fema-allocates-nearly-184-million-repair-roberto-clemente-stadium <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Allocates Nearly $18.4 Million to Repair the Roberto Clemente Stadium</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved an obligation of approximately <strong>$18.4 million</strong> to the Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium. These federal funds are earmarked for permanent repairs to this sports facility managed by the Municipality of Carolina.</p> <p>Aside from its sociocultural importance, the home of professional baseball’s Carolina Giants team plays a very important role in Carolina’s economy. The stadium, named in honor of one of the glories of Puerto Rican baseball and built in 2001, has hosted important events such as two Caribbean Series (2003 and 2007), which generated an economic impact of over $2 million. They also hold the Little League Preparatory Tournament (with more than 100 teams) and carry out social work with Mano Amiga Gigante to receive and distribute donations for disasters. In addition, mass vaccinations and now COVID-19 tests have been carried out at the stadium.</p> <p>“We recognize that sports are a fundamental tool to provide quality of life to our communities. We are pleased to contribute by allocating funds for the improvement of facilities such as this iconic stadium, in support of the sporting spirit of our people. This also contributes to help Puerto Rico host local and international events in different sports disciplines,” said the said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José G. Baquero.</p> <p>Repairing the stadium represents a great economic impact for local merchants and suppliers, as well as for the municipality, restaurants and surrounding businesses. It also impacts other industries such as transportation, hotels, logistics and event coordination.</p> <p>“Seeing this stadium after the hurricane, all of it flooded, the artificial turf that we had just installed and had not yet used, and seeing the massive damage and destruction it suffered, was a shock of sadness for us. However, thanks to the help of FEMA and the money we have received, we are already over 90 percent of the total restoration of this iconic structure,” said Carolina’s mayor, José Aponte Dalmau.</p> <p>For Aponte Dalmau, this stadium not only represents and distinguishes Carolina, but the entire island for bearing the name of Roberto Clemente, who’s legacy is an example of love for the service of others. “He gave his life in the best moment of his career to help others. And the stadium not only bears his name, I believe it also bears his soul. His soul as a humanist, his soul as a sportsman, his soul as a Carolinian,” said the municipal executive.</p> <p>The repair work at the stadium includes the removal and replacement of seats, lighting, fences and safety nets, the scoreboard, the electrical system, the transformer, the clay areas at the baseball field, the stair railings, and the wooden benches. Of the funds allocated, close to <strong>$1.2 million</strong> is earmarked for hazard mitigation to prevent future damage, such as installing tempered glass and reinforcing the geotextile pavement, among others.</p> <p>Roberto Clemente, born in the San Antón neighborhood in Carolina, was the first Latin American player to reach 3,000 hits. He also starred in the 1971 World Series, won 12 Gold Gloves, and in 1973 became the first Latino to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.</p> <p>For the executive director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3), Eng. Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, this obligation will help rescue this significant sports facility and will allow families to enjoy sports in a much safer space. “Our commitment is to support the Municipality of Carolina in the process of rebuilding this important sports center,” said Laboy.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_roberto-clemente-stadium-front-entrance.jpg" width="1428" height="837" alt="Front entrance of the Roberto Clemente Stadium. In front is a statue of Roberto Clemente." /></div> </article><p><strong>CAROLINA, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 26, 2021) –FEMA approved an obligation of approximately <strong>$18.4</strong> million to the Roberto Clemente Stadium for permanent repairs to this sports facility managed by the Municipality of Carolina. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_roberto-clemente-stadium-baseball-field.jpg" width="1427" height="802" alt="A view of the Roberto Clemente Stadium Baseball Field" /></div> </article><p><strong>CAROLINA, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 26, 2021) – The Roberto Clemente Stadium, named in honor of one of the glories of Puerto Rican baseball and built in 2001, has hosted important events such as the Caribbean Series in 2003 and 2007. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:44</span> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:44:47 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618474 at https://www.fema.gov Update on Due Date for Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes Can Now Apply for FEMA Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210330/update-due-date-residents-rincon-affected-earthquakes-can-now-apply-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Update on Due Date for Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes Can Now Apply for FEMA Assistance </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico—</strong> The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended the application deadline so that survivors in Rincón whose homes or businesses were affected by the 2020 earthquakes have an additional business day to apply for assistance.</p> <p>Survivors now have until <strong>May 24, 2021 to apply for assistance </strong>in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Press 2 for a Spanish-speaking operator. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Video relay service (VRS) and reasonable accommodations are available upon request.</li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">disasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download FEMA’s mobile app. Select Disaster Resources and click on Apply for Assistance Online.</li> </ul><p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4473">fema.gov/disaster/4473</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:57</span> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:57:24 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618222 at https://www.fema.gov Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes Can Now Apply for FEMA Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210329/residents-rincon-affected-earthquakes-can-now-apply-fema-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Residents of Rincón Affected by Earthquakes Can Now Apply for FEMA Assistance </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico—</strong> The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that survivors in Rincón whose homes or businesses were affected by the 2020 earthquakes can now apply for assistance.</p> <p>Survivors have until May 23, 2021 to apply for assistance in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Press 2 for a Spanish-speaking operator. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Video relay service (VRS) and reasonable accommodations are available upon request.</li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">disasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download FEMA’s mobile app. Select Disaster Resources and click on Apply for Assistance Online. If you have an Apple device: Text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA). For those with an Android device: Text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA). For more information go to: <a href="http://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">fema.gov/mobile-app</a>.</li> </ul><p>Residents who apply for assistance might receive a late application letter. You may disregard this letter, as justification regarding why you didn’t apply for assistance in 2020 is not necessary.</p> <p>As part of the FEMA application process, survivors may also apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The application can be completed online at <a href="http://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance</a>. Residents can obtain additional information by calling <a>800-659-2955 </a>or by email at <a href="mailto:FOCEAssistance@sba.gov">FOCEAssistance@sba.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4473">fema.gov/es/disaster/4473</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 13:51</span> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:51:55 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 618197 at https://www.fema.gov COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Gets Big Shot on St. John https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210326/covid-19-vaccination-outreach-gets-big-shot-st-john <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Gets Big Shot on St. John</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands -- A whole community effort led to 155 COVID-19 vaccine dosages administered at the Morris de Castro Clinic in Cruz Bay on Saturday, March 20. Logistical precision between federal and territorial partners ensured vaccine doses crossed the Pillsbury Sound from Red Hook on St. Thomas to St. John and got into arms.     </p> <p><a>Successful planning led to the proper storage and handling of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the delivery of medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), tables and chairs, safety cones and signs to the Morris de Castro Clinic. The V.I. National Guard (VING) delivered 25 vials of vaccine to St. John and the V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH) and V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) ensured laptops were at the clinic to track vaccine dosages through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).</a></p> <p>“Team members of the Virgin Islands Department of Health including Assistant Commissioner Nicole Craigwell-Syms, Ph.D. led the way with the “Boots on the Ground” approach for educating St. John’s residents on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine. An appointment list of 60 quickly increased because of the team approach we have supported since the beginning of the pandemic. I am proud of the small team we have at the Morris de Castro Clinic under leadership of Aliah Lockhart. The “Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic on St. John is only one of many planned to increase immunity in the territory and in particular our beautiful island of St. John. The collaborative efforts amongst our local and federal partners is hard to describe as we have forged a bond with the goal of vaccinating 50,000 unique Virgin Islands residents by July 1, 2021.” said Justa “Tita” Encarnacion, Health Commissioner and Incident Commander for the mission to reduce and remove COVID-19 from our territory.</p> <p><a>The Department of Defense provided clinical support with two physicians, two pharmacists, two medical supply, and seven vaccinators at the Cruz Bay vaccination center. “After three weeks administering COVID vaccinations at the University of Virgin Islands, a contingent of our medical vaccination team supported by Virgin Islands National Guardsmen held its first vaccination clinic in St. John at the de Castro Clinic.  Applying the same process and procedures, the team did a fantastic job to administer 155 immunizations in about four hours. The close coordination and teamwork between the Department of Health, VITEMA, FEMA, and Love City Strong volunteers, ensured the operation was a success,” said CDR. Scott Farr, (U.S. Coast Guard) Title 10 Deputy to the Virgin Islands Dual Status Commander. </a></p> <p>The Cruz Bay vaccination center’s operations received support from 11 members of the V.I. National Guard as well.</p> <p>"Our uniformed members work daily with our civilian counterparts to plan, sustain, and lead efforts to reduce the spread of this pandemic within our Territory," said Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker, the adjutant general of the Virgin Islands National Guard.</p> <p>"These efforts bring us closer to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s goal of 50,000 shots in arms by July 1, 2021. I continue to be very proud of our military men and women's level of performance under the leadership of Dual Status Commander, Col. Sally F. Petty."</p> <p>Community support from Love City Strong (LCS), a St. John-based nonprofit focused on disaster preparedness and response, also assisted at the event. Through community outreach, LCS helped residents register for appointments and ensured chairs, tables, and tents were in place at the de Castro Clinic.</p> <p>"Love City Strong's service to the community is rooted in the idea of public private partnerships. Our priority is to support equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines, and we're proud to be a part of this joint effort with our federal and territorial partners" said LCS’ Executive Director Meaghan Enright.</p> <p>FEMA and the territory are ensuring equitable vaccine access for individuals with disabilities. Accessibility for individuals with functional needs is also available at the St. John vaccination center. Language translation is available through a translation phone line, and sign language interpretation is available through Video Remote Interpretation (VRI).</p> <p>Sign language interpretation and language translation is available at the territory’s two CVCs on St. Croix and St. Thomas as well.</p> <p>“The laser-like focus on equity between the federal government and the territory ensures all Virgin Islanders who are eligible can get vaccinated against COVID-19. FEMA will continue to provide the U.S. Virgin Islands with logistical and financial resources through a unified effort with our federal and territorial partners to defeat COVID-19. The Saturday vaccination outreach on St. John exemplifies a whole community response to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer John Covell.</p> <p>The St. John pop-up vaccination center will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, the St. Croix CVC at the Great Hall on the University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) campus is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the St. Thomas CVC at UVI’s Sports &amp; Fitness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.</p> <p>Take your best shot against COVID-19 and get vaccinated. Virgin Islanders who meet current criteria can be vaccinated regardless of citizenship status, disability or employer and vaccines are provided free of charge.</p> <p>Call 340-777-8227 to schedule a vaccination appointment or book an appointment through the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Gateway at <a href="https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines">https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines</a> .    </p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support#equity">https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support#equity</a>  to learn how FEMA is committed to ensuring every person who wants a vaccine can get one. Information on how to distinguish between rumors and facts regarding response to the pandemic is available for review at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/rumor-control">https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/rumor-control</a>  .    </p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi_stj_pop-up-vaccination-center_3-20-2021.jpg" width="2285" height="3000" alt="A man standing one side of the sign and a woman on the other" /></div> </article><p>St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 20, 2021 -- Stephen Libbey and Kenisha Small, of Love City Strong, helped set up chairs and tables at the Cruz Bay pop-up vaccination center’s registration area at the Morris de Castro Clinic. Libbey, LCS’ operations manager, and Small, LCS’ community relations manager, notified the island’s residents of the vaccination center and helped clean up after the center closed. It took a whole community effort to stand up Saturday’s vaccination center. FEMA/Eric Adams </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi_stj_pop-up-vaccination-center_nationial-guard_3-20-2021.jpg" width="3000" height="2078" alt="National Guard members standing around outside" /></div> </article><p>St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 20, 2021 — Dual Status Commander V.I. National Guard Col. Sally Petty, front, briefs soldiers on preparations to stand up Saturday's pop-up vaccination center at the Morris DeCastro Clinic in Cruz Bay. FEMA/Eric Adams </p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi_stj_pop-up-vaccination-center_vaccinated-resident_3-20-2021.jpg" width="2859" height="3000" alt="A male sanding on one side and a woman standing on the other side of a sign. They are are both wearing face mask. " /></div> </article><p>St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 20, 2021 -- Dr. Nicole Craigwell-Syms, Assistant Commissioner for the V.I. Department of Health, greets Joseph Zachary outside the Morris DeCastro Clinic in Cruz Bay before Zachary received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Zachary was the first person to receive a vaccine dose at the island’s pop-up clinic Saturday morning. The 37-year-old said he has lived on the island since 2007 and learned of the vaccination center during his morning walk to the charter boat where he works off Cruz Bay. </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>gina.callaghan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/26/2021 - 13:03</span> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:03:19 +0000 gina.callaghan 618042 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves $6.5 Million to Repair the Puerto Rico Coliseum and Bahía Urbana https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210324/fema-approves-65-million-repair-puerto-rico-coliseum-and-bahia-urbana <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves $6.5 Million to Repair the Puerto Rico Coliseum and Bahía Urbana</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico—</strong> The José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and Bahía Urbana, two of the most important venues dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment sector in Puerto Rico, can return to their previous state before Hurricane María thanks to an obligation of nearly $6.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).</p> <p>These federal funds will help the facilities be better prepared to face future disasters. In the case of the iconic José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, known as the “Choliseo”, the allocation of approximately <strong>$4.9 million</strong> is earmarked for permanent works.</p> <p>“The reconstruction of these sites is part of the recovery of Puerto Rico’s economic sector; it also sets us on the road to a future where our structures are more resilient. Undoubtedly, these funds will help to develop a sector that contributes so much to us,” said the said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José G. Baquero.</p> <p>According to the Convention District management, who oversees both facilities, the entertainment industry in Puerto Rico produces nearly $2 billion per year and generates approximately 30,000 direct and indirect jobs annually.</p> <p>Some of the works to be funded by this federal obligation include the removal and replacement of glass panels, sound equipment, fire alarms and acoustic ceilings, among others. In addition, $13,000 was earmarked for upgrading their lighting fixtures with surge protectors and replacing existing ceiling panels with water-resistant units.</p> <p>Mariela Vallines Fernández, executive director of the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority, said the impact of the federal obligations is significant. “These facilities compete on a global level when people decide where they want to travel to and visit; they are factors that they consider, seeing that these facilities are in good condition. And for us to be able to present first class facilities to these tourists, means that we can compete on an equal footing with any other tourist destination,” she said.</p> <p>In addition, Vallines Fernández explained that other industries also benefit indirectly, including transportation, construction and food related, to mention a few.</p> <p>On the other hand, Bahía Urbana, a modern concept spanning some 87 acres of waterfront outdoor space and an area for artistic events, was awarded <strong>$1.6 million</strong>. These funds are earmarked for repairs for the water fountain pumping system, resin floors, cobblestones and electrical wiring in the dock area, among other things.</p> <p>Engineer Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, welcomed the obligation of these funds, earmarked for the infrastructure renewal of these two important venues that foster cultural development and attract both foreign and local tourists.</p> <p>“We are certain that the attendance at these venues, which promote cultural activities, will surpass their pre-Covid-19 pandemic peak once its spread is controlled. At COR3 we will support the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority staff in the recovery of these iconic sites,” concluded the engineer.</p> <p><strong>[Video]</strong> To learn more about the recovery of the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and Bahía Urbana, click <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/fema.ravnur.com/PublicPage/video/2514.aspx__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!UGM43DbxbjZWjTmrQnZ2AScpRcS77VuRzh372pxTd-B5_OVKDLftnFDwpT9AVFDglzHq5LqSnSkgu9Y$">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_jose-miguel-agrelot-coliseum.jpg" width="1431" height="805" alt="Picture of the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum wide view. " /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico </strong>(Mar. 19, 2021) – In the case of the iconic José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, known as the “Choliseo”, the allocation of approximately $4.9 million is earmarked for permanent works. Photo FEMA/Eliezer Hernández</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_bahia-urbana.jpg" width="1431" height="805" alt="A boardwalk with a view on the ocean on both sides with Bahia Urbana." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico </strong>(Mar. 19, 2021) – Bahía Urbana, a modern concept spanning some 87 acres of waterfront outdoor space and an area for artistic events, was awarded $1.6 million. These funds are earmarked for repairs for the water fountain pumping system, resin floors, cobblestones and electrical wiring in the dock area, among other things. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez<strong> </strong></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:52</span> Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:52:09 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 617951 at https://www.fema.gov Millions in Funds Allocated for the National Guard to Complete Permanent Work https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210317/millions-funds-allocated-national-guard-complete-permanent-work <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Millions in Funds Allocated for the National Guard to Complete Permanent Work</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico —</strong> The Puerto Rico National Guard, one of the vital components during emergency situations on the island, was granted an obligation of nearly<strong> $12.7 million</strong> from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds will address eight permanent repair projects at several facilities, including its headquarters and various training centers.</p> <p>Among the work to be completed are repairs at the facilities in Aibonito, Arecibo, Ceiba, Mayagüez, Ponce, San Juan, Utuado and Vega Baja. This includes the replacement of floors and walls, as well as technical aspects such as wiring systems and transformers. Likewise, the roof drains and the communication tower at the Puerta de Tierra building will be replaced.</p> <p>“These funds will help maintain the high standard of service the National Guard provides us in times of emergency. By having strengthened structures, we help Puerto Rico's recovery continue to move forward through the various disasters that these brave men and women are currently supporting,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico José G. Baquero.</p> <p>The National Guard has about 8,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen, and over 600 civilian employees. Its Engineering, Water Purification, Transportation, Aviation, Communications, Military Police, Medical Units, Civil Support Team, Firefighters and Boat Detachment units are activated in one way or another during emergencies.</p> <p>“This obligation represents extraordinary news for the entire National Guard and the people of Puerto Rico. Hurricane María affected our infrastructure like no other atmospheric phenomenon did before,” said the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Major General José J. Reyes.</p> <p>“While we made the necessary adjustments to minimize the impact, these funds symbolize one more step towards the normalization of our operations across the island.”</p> <p>Likewise, Reyes mentioned that the impact of these funds will be of positive benefit to the surrounding communities, as these structures will allow the units to carry out their trainings more efficiently and will help maintain the value of nearby properties.</p> <p>The Puerta de Tierra facilities in San Juan consist of historic buildings that were built between 1930 and 1956 and are located in an archeologically sensitive area considered as a critical habitat for some endangered species. The repairs will comply with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) criteria and other laws and regulations that apply to this type of zone. Also, due to the historic nature of the structures, the repairs will comply with state and federal regulations as well as with the endorsement of the National Historic Landmarks Program.</p> <p>Of this allocation, over $915,800 is earmarked for hazard mitigation measures to prevent similar damage in the future. Some of these measures include reinforcing gutters, installing fixed window panels and replacing windows and doors with ones that are resistant to impacts and wind.</p> <p>For his part, engineer Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience or COR3, said that the Puerto Rico National Guard is an important part of our law and order structure. “It acts in times of emergencies and natural disasters to safeguard the lives and property of Puerto Ricans. Through this allocation of funds by FEMA, resilient structures will be established to provide aid and services to citizens in an effective and safe manner. We at COR3 recognize the urgency of this work and will be facilitators in the reconstruction process,” said Laboy.</p> <p><strong>[VIDEO]</strong> To learn more about the reconstruction work at the National Guard facilities, click <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/fema.ravnur.com/PublicPage/video/2501.aspx__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!QpEIlRssoZ-2LMhqaqsLhCDFvHRvKAzq9vz9CowxpQVhUOxSY-Dh2LZy2E9OxAqaqZQRRUWErigTcZg$">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema-adjutant-general-puerto-rico.jpg" width="1248" height="798" alt="Adjutant General of Puerto Rico sitting behind 3 flags." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 12, 2021) – “While we made the necessary adjustments to minimize the impact, these funds symbolize one more step towards the normalization of our operations across the island”, said the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Major General José J. Reyes. PHOTO FEMA/ Eduardo Martínez</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_prng-puerta-de-tierra.jpg" width="1246" height="710" alt="A building in Puerto Rico that's two floors, with two cannons guarding the front door. " /></div> </article><p> <strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 12, 2021) The Puerta de Tierra facilities in San Juan consist of historic buildings that were built between 1930 and 1956. PHOTO FEMA/ Eduardo Martínez</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/17/2021 - 13:07</span> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:07:51 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 617671 at https://www.fema.gov Logistical Collaboration Delivers Resources to Build Out Territory’s Community Vaccination Centers https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210310/logistical-collaboration-delivers-resources-build-out-territorys-community <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Logistical Collaboration Delivers Resources to Build Out Territory’s Community Vaccination Centers</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a>ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – </a>A unified effort between the territory and federal government made it possible to  deliver the right resources, at the right place, at the right time to stand up two Community Vaccination Centers (CVC) within a month on St. Croix and St. Thomas.   </p> <p><a>FEMA’s logistics and operations teams rolled up their sleeves to coordinate with the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH) to deliver personal protective equipment, medical supplies, partitions, tables, chairs, traffic cones and office equipment to the vaccination centers at the campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). </a></p> <p>Resources delivered to the territory to support its COVID-19 response and two vaccination centers includes 126,000 gloves, 100,000 procedural masks, 5,000 goggles and 9,600 adhesive bandages.</p> <p>To build out the territorially-led, federally supported vaccination centers, the facilities had to support the territory’s objectives. The goal was a location that can vaccinate 50,000 Virgin Islanders, have space for social distancing, pharmacies to store vaccine and medical supplies and accessible accommodations for persons with disabilities or access and functional needs.</p> <p>“FEMA Logistics collaborated with VITEMA and the V.I. Department of Health to identify the requirements for each site and to get resources expedited. We had the ability to quickly source for supplies throughout the territory and continental United States to support our efforts. An immediate delivery of supplies from the FEMA Region 2 warehouse and the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) warehouse gave FEMA the ability to ensure success in opening both vaccination centers in the territory,” said Region 2 Incident Management Assistance Team Logistics Section Chief Kevin Cobb Sr.</p> <p>Agreements were completed with UVI for use of the Great Hall on St. Croix and Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas. Resources, such as gloves for clinical staff, had to be shipped to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the continental United States.</p> <p>“We have been working on plans to open the Community Vaccination Centers and are very pleased to see our efforts come to life. We were happy to partner with UVI because this allowed for us to accommodate more people for vaccinations on their spacious campuses. We are so grateful to collaborate with FEMA, VITEMA, DoD, CDC, and other partners in this major accomplishment,” said Department of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.</p> <p>The logistics teams met the challenge and the centers were built out during the last week of February for the intended opening on March 1 providing Virgin Islanders their best shot to defeat COVID-19, getting vaccinated.</p> <p>“The operation over at the St. Thomas UVI Community Vaccination Center is an example of how the partnership between the territory and FEMA works.  We regularly train and practice with our federal and territorial partners as well as the local VOAD community. The result has been a collaborative effort towards combating the virus and accomplishing the mission as directed by DOH Commissioner Justa (Tita) Encarnacion. Additionally, our V.I. National Guard lead serves as the Dual Status Commander to coordinate military forces working within the territory, both active (Title 10) and National Guard (Title 32). These military folks are united in support of this critical mission,” said VITEMA Deputy Director of Logistics Stephen DeBlasio Sr.</p> <p>Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer John Covell added, “the federal government’s logistical and clinical support to the territory ensures Virgin Islanders can be vaccinated and take their best shots against the coronavirus. FEMA has supported the territory’s COVID-19 response since the territory’s first positive case was confirmed in March 2020. We urge Virgin Islanders to be part of a solution and get the facts on COVID-19 and vaccinations.”</p> <p>Virgin Islanders who are eligible could be vaccinated regardless of citizenship status, disability or employer and vaccines are provided free of charge.</p> <p>Call VITEMA’s registration line for an appointment to be vaccinated at 340-777-8227. This line will also accept requests for reasonable accommodations related to the vaccination centers.</p> <p>Virgin Islanders may also visit VIDOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Gateway at <a href="https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines">https://www.covid19.usvi.care/vaccines</a> to book a vaccination appointment.</p> <p><a>###</a></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi_stt_cvc_build_out_image_20210223.jpg" width="3000" height="2010" alt=" Logistics' staffer Keshawn Christopher, right, gets a hand from V.I. National Guard Specialist Kurtney Davis with a pallet of personal protective equipment during the build-out of the island's Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center. " /></div> </article><p><a> </a></p> <p><a>St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 2021 – FEMA Logistics' staffer Keshawn Christopher, right, gets a hand from Specialist Kurtney Davis, of the V.I. National Guard, with a pallet of personal protective equipment during the build-out of the Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center. FEMA/Eric Adams </a></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi_stt_cvc_build_out1_image_20210223.jpg" width="3000" height="1260" alt="FEMA and V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency logistics staff, V.I. Health Department staff and soldiers from the V.I. National Guard and Army Task Force-51 collaborate during the build-out of the island's Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center." /></div> </article><p>St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 2021 -- FEMA and V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency logistics staff, the V.I. Department of Health, the V.I. National Guard and Army North Task Force-51 collaborate during the build-out of the Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center. FEMA/Eric Adams</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_usvi-stx-cvc-build-out.jpg" width="2250" height="3000" alt="Personal protective equipment stored at the Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands' Great Hall" /></div> </article><p>St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Personal protective equipment is stored at the Community Vaccination Center at the University of the Virgin Islands' Great Hall. The V.I. Department of Health is operating the center using personnel from the V.I. National Guard and V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is providing logistical and funding support for the center's operations. FEMA/Aaron VanDoren</p> <p><a>###</a></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>gina.callaghan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/10/2021 - 18:03</span> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 18:03:28 +0000 gina.callaghan 617356 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $4.1 Million to Create the EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210310/fema-awards-41-million-create-ecoexploratorio-resiliency-institute <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $4.1 Million to Create the EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – </strong>To support efforts on the island aimed at raising awareness of the importance of hazard mitigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $4.1 million grant to the EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute (ERI). This unique center in Puerto Rico will provide guidance on resilience and other mitigation topics to the public. The funds are provided by FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. </p> <p>The Institute, which will be located in Hato Rey, will allow the public to access a disaster mitigation certification program tailored to the specific needs of the island. As part of its educational platform, the ERI will develop an online Training Center through a specialized learning program available on its website.</p> <p>“Hazard mitigation goes hand in hand with all long-term recovery efforts on the island. It is important for everyone to know how they can contribute to a stronger Puerto Rico,” said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>Likewise, the ERI curriculum will have simulators for hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as a community outreach area that will be the hub of its Training Center. This will allow for an innovative educational experience in order to train citizens in a virtual environment. The educational content and material that will be made available will be developed by experts, including scientific and academic researchers, with the support of FEMA and the Emergency Management Bureau.</p> <p>“The Board of Directors of the EcoExploratorio. Inc. is honored to receive the support of FEMA in order to elevate the EcoExploratorio project to another level as the cornerstone and training axis for the development of more resilient communities in the face of the effects and impact of natural events in Puerto Rico. This will be the ‘center of gravity’ for education, so that our communities will have the tools to mitigate the impact of climate change, based on the experiences acquired over the past 5 years," said Ada Monzón, meteorologist and founder of the EcoExploratorio, Inc.</p> <p>To date, FEMA has approved $71.1 million under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.</p> <p>Mitigation aims to reduce the loss of life and property following a disaster through sustainable actions such as planning and zoning, and other measures that support long-term solutions.</p> <p>"Without a doubt, the development of the EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute is an asset for citizens who recognize the need to be prepared for the impact of a natural disaster. At COR3 we will serve as facilitators for the development of this important and innovative project," said Manuel Laboy Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rico Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, who noted that after hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico received the maximum possible under the Hazard Mitigation program due to the magnitude of the disasters.</p> <p>By identifying local threats, families, communities and municipalities can determine how best to locally reduce or mitigate hazards. Studies have shown that every dollar spent on mitigation activities saves an average of six dollars in future disaster costs.</p> <p><strong>[VIDEO]</strong> For a virtual tour of the EcoExploratorio and to learn more about the plans for its development, click <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/fema.ravnur.com/PublicPage/video/2499.aspx__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!RVwJCzt1bBENRFKJ4V4cCBMhAX3DWLw1bXRaW6yNe-mNq78iQkGEr6yUlfWNqq7xBI84t5H3Pac$">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_eco-exploratorio-oceano-de-estrellas.jpg" width="1430" height="953" alt="A room in the Exploratory Echo - Ocean of Stars." /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 5, 2021) – To support efforts on the island aimed at raising awareness of the importance of hazard mitigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $4.1 million grant to the EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute (ERI). This unique center in Puerto Rico will provide guidance on resilience and other mitigation topics to the public. Photo FEMA/Eliezer Hernández</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_eco-exploratorio-sala-de-salud-prevencion.jpg" width="1430" height="953" alt=" A room in the Exploratory Echo - Health and Prevention Room" /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (March 5, 2021) – The EcoExploratorio Resiliency Institute, which will be located in Hato Rey, will allow the public to access a disaster mitigation certification program tailored to the specific needs of the island. As part of its educational platform, the ERI will develop an online Training Center through a specialized learning program available on its website. Photo FEMA/Eliezer Hernández </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/10/2021 - 12:52</span> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 12:52:25 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 617320 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Those Affected by the Arecibo Floods https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210308/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-those-affected-arecibo-floods <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Those Affected by the Arecibo Floods</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –</strong> The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that employees or self-employed individuals who live in Arecibo and became unemployed as a direct consequence of the severe floods of Sept. 13, 2020 may be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).</p> <ul><li><a>Survivors that live in Arecibo can file a claim until April 7, 2021. </a>To be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, the applicant must:</li> <li>File a regular unemployment insurance claim and be determined ineligible for benefits;</li> <li>Be unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of the disaster;</li> <li>Be able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster;</li> <li>File an application for DUA within 30 days of the date of this announcement; and</li> <li>Have not refused an offer of employment in a suitable position.</li> </ul><p><a>Survivors can find the DUA application at </a><a href="https://www.trabajo.pr.gov/">trabajo.pr.gov</a>. Applications can be placed in the mail box located at the nearest Puerto Rico Department of Labor office, from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or uploaded at <a href="http://www.trabajo.pr.gov/DocUploader">trabajo.pr.gov/DocUploader</a>. </p> <p>To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted to the Puerto Rico Department of Labor within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation may include Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax return, check stubs or documentation to support that applicants were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.</p> <p>To verify eligibility and additional information on DUA, survivors must visit their local unemployment office or visit <a href="http://www.trabajo.pr.gov">trabajo.pr.gov</a>. DUA is managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and funded by FEMA. Survivors may also search for employment and training opportunities through the American Job Center or by visiting <a href="https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/local-help.aspx">CareerOneStop.org/LocalHelp</a>.  </p> <p>Survivors who require any reasonable accommodation, can request it and it will be provided. People who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to use the VRS or Video Relay Service and to not be afraid to ask questions.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from these floods, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4571">fema.gov/disaster/4571</a>. Follow us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/08/2021 - 13:17</span> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 13:17:30 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 617125 at https://www.fema.gov Improvements to Roads and Bridges in Puerto Rico Are Underway https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210304/improvements-roads-and-bridges-puerto-rico-are-underway <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Improvements to Roads and Bridges in Puerto Rico Are Underway</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Coamo and Ponce are among the municipalities with completed projects</em></p> <p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico —</strong> The improvements to thousands of road and bridge projects in Puerto Rico will be accomplished with millions in funding allocations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some of these permanent repairs have already been completed as a result of $729 million earmarked for municipalities. In addition, in the past 60 days, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP, by its Spanish acronym) was allocated close to $37 million for these purposes. </p> <p>These obligations provide the basis for road reconstruction works such as asphalting, stabilizing retaining walls and replacing guardrails.</p> <p>“Having roads in good condition is vital for residents, transportation commerce and the safety of all. The completed projects in our municipalities are important milestones that mark a recovery that is moving forward,” said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>The municipality of Coamo already completed some of the repairs for its roads with the help of over $1.7 million in federal funding. Nearly 25 streets, rural roads, and alleys have been repaired to the benefit of some 3,000 families. The projects include nearly $796,000 for various repairs in Callejón Bravo, Callejón Los Gandules, Urbanización Miraflores and Parque Las Flores, and over $232,300 to repair three streets in Los González Sector. About 60 of the municipality’s projects across different categories are under construction or in the bidding process.</p> <p>“We have focused on the rural projects, which are the ones that were damaged the most. Residents of Los Gandules received a lot of water, as well as the Callejón Bravo neighborhood, which are subject to mountain water runoff from the surrounding hills. The fourth mile was restored, and this project has already been completed,” said Coamo Mayor Juan García Padilla.</p> <p>Likewise, the municipality of Ponce has completed construction work on 15 municipal roads through obligations of over $513,000. Among them, Sector El Collado, which is home to approximately 60 families.</p> <p>Among the 78 municipalities, Utuado is the municipality with the highest number of projects approved for permanent repairs to road infrastructure, with 256 projects approved for $53.6</p> <p>million. The allocations include funds to repair Highway #140 to Jayuya and another road that leads to the Caonillas Lake. These roads provide access to seven neighborhoods that are home to nearly 7,000 families from the towns that were most damaged during Hurricane María: Bo. Tenuan I, II and III, Don Alonso, Caonillas, Mameyes, Limón, Paso Palmas, Las Palmas and Barrio Jaucas. Also, these roads provide access to schools, water distribution systems, Caonillas Lake, Cañón Blanco and a health center.</p> <p>To date, the Agency has approved nearly <strong>$967 million</strong> for more than <strong>2,100</strong> road and bridge repair projects across the island that sustained damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.</p> <p>For her part, the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works, Eileen M. Vélez Vega, said that these funds are very important to address the needs of Puerto Rico's state roads. “Road safety is our priority and we will work as a team with federal agencies and mayors for the benefit of drivers who use our roads.”</p> <p>Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3), stated that “we are in direct communication with mayors and agency officials such as DTOP to ensure that permanent works projects are expedited. Meanwhile, we are moving forward with changes in COR3 processes to continue offering the required assistance without so much bureaucracy related to the reconstruction of the Island, but always fulfilling federal requirements.”</p> <p><strong>[VIDEO]</strong> To learn more about the reconstruction efforts on the roads in Coamo, click <a href="https://fema.ravnur.com/PublicPage/video/2497.aspx">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:36</span> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:36:04 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 616669 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Obligations Promote Recovery of Natural Reserves https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210224/fema-obligations-promote-recovery-natural-reserves <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Obligations Promote Recovery of Natural Reserves</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico </strong>— After Hurricanes Irma and María, trees, endemic birds and other forms of wildlife lost their habitats, or their populations dwindled in various protected areas in Puerto Rico. To help the recovery of the different structures in these ecologically valuable areas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted over <strong>$2.2 million</strong> to the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA, for its Spanish acronym) and the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust, known as Para la Naturaleza.</p> <p>These federal funds will be used to repair various structures in nine areas catalogued as nature reserves, refuges, protected areas or recreational sites in seven municipalities. They are home to local fauna and flora, some of which are endemic or protected, bodies of water and even particular geological features.</p> <p>“The island's recovery encompasses aspects of infrastructure reconstruction and includes works to help renew our natural resources. These are part of the heritage for future generations to enjoy,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>One of the places that has been awarded funds is the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, for about <strong>$285,000</strong>. Here the most affected areas were the floating docks, pavilions, aquatic and terrestrial trails, and the loss of wildlife, flora and fauna, among others. The reserve, which before María received 12,000 visitors a year, is home to endemic species such as the leatherback sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle, the brown pelican, the Puerto Rican boa and the “palancú” crab. It also has six lagoons that help control the flow of water during heavy rainfall events, making it an important water retention center, according to data provided by Dr. Carlos Toledo Hernández, a FEMA environmental specialist with a doctorate in biology.</p> <p>On the other hand, according to the reserve's management officer, Luis Encarnación Santiago, this space is a main point for local and international tourism and directly benefits various businesses in the town of Punta Santiago. “The floating docks, located in Laguna Santa Teresa and Lagunas Palma, are used for recreational fishing, aquatic bird watching, recreation and education,” said Encarnación. “They are also used for bird watching and to educate visiting school groups.”</p> <p>For the DRNA, the federal funds represent support for its plans. In this regard, DRNA Secretary Rafael Machargo Maldonado said that since he took office in March 2020, this has been his priority. “We hope to soon reestablish each of the reserves, natural areas and forests under the jurisdiction of the DRNA, for the enjoyment of all our visitors and thus help promote the economic development of the regions where they are located, through green tourism,” he added.</p> <p>Likewise, Cayo Ratones will benefit from an obligation of just over <strong>$650,000,</strong> as well as the Iris Alameda Wildlife Refuge with about <strong>$544,000</strong>, both located in Cabo Rojo and administered by the DRNA. Cayo Ratones, a small one-acre island a quarter mile offshore used for recreational purposes, will use the funds for repairs to the boat dock, covered pavilions and barbecue facilities. The Iris Alameda Refuge, which includes the Boquerón State Forest and has space for amateur and recreational fishing, will repair its docks, solar-powered fishing stations and bird-watching station.</p> <p>Another area that has an allocation of just over <strong>$700,000</strong> is the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, one of the island's main tourist attractions. Under the administration of Para la Naturaleza, this reserve is home to the Fajardo Lighthouse, the second oldest of Puerto Rico's lighthouse system and one of the three bodies of water on the island-and one of the few in the world-where bioluminescent microorganisms live. Also in Laguna Grande grows turtle grass that serves as a fish hatchery, an important resource for the local economy. The funds will be used to rebuild the lighthouse, visitor's pavilion and observation platform, among others.</p> <p>Similarly, <strong>$17,000</strong> was allocated to the Medio Mundo y Daguao Nature Reserve. This protected area between Ceiba and Naguabo contains the second largest mangrove forest on the island and is home to 26 species catalogued as rare, vulnerable or endangered, including the Puerto Rican yellow-shouldered blackbird and several species of turtles. The funds will be used to replace the facility’s contents and roof components.</p> <p>Thanking FEMA for the allocation of funds, the executive director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico, or COR3, engineer Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, emphasized the importance of moving forward with the development of these and other projects that protect the environment. “Our commitment is to continue joining efforts with the DNRA to guarantee the execution of projects for the recovery of nature reserves, refuges and protected areas, among others,” said Laboy.</p> <p><strong>[Video]</strong> To learn more about the recovery of the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, click <a href="///C:/Users/aboliva1/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/JFLDPNJB/For%20more%20on%20the%20recovery%20of%20this%20reserve,%20click%20here">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_efrain-archilla-diez-nature-reserve-humacao.jpg" width="1427" height="802" alt="A boarded window view at Efrain Archilla Diez Nature Reserve Humacao" /></div> </article><p><strong>HUMACAO, Puerto Rico</strong> (Feb. 16, 2021)–One of the places that has been awarded funds is the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, for about <strong>$285,000</strong>. The reserve is home to endemic species such as the leatherback sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle, the brown pelican, the Puerto Rican boa and the “palancú” crab. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_efrain-archilla-diez-nature-reserve-lagoons.jpg" width="1427" height="802" alt="Boardwalk at Efrain Archilla Diez Nature Reserve Lagoons" /></div> </article><p><strong>HUMACAO, Puerto Rico</strong> (Feb. 16, 2021)–The Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao has six lagoons that help control the flow of water during heavy rainfall events, making it an important water retention center. Photo/Eduardo Martínez</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/24/2021 - 12:08</span> Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:08:00 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 615778 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Allocates $45 Million for Police Facilities https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210218/fema-allocates-45-million-police-facilities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Allocates $45 Million for Police Facilities </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – </strong>The recent award of $1.3 million by FEMA to the Puerto Rico Police seeks to address damages caused by Hurricane María to various police facilities throughout the island. This obligation brings to $45 million in FEMA funds earmarked for repairing stations, replacing essential police equipment and video system equipment on roads.</p> <p>According to the federal agency, part of the recently obligated funds is for the acquisition of computers, maintenance and repair equipment for patrol cars and other essential items for some 47 police stations.</p> <p>“Public safety is one of the main pillars of the country that preserves freedom, order and peace in our communities. Our efforts in advancing recovery are essential to carry out this important social function,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>Similarly, the multi-million-dollar allocation also includes more than $660,000 to repair the interior of the San Juan police headquarters. The improvements include the replacement of wood ceiling panels, cubicles and security systems in the facility. In addition, an allocation of nearly $62,000 to repair the structure and physical plant supports the permanent work approved for the Police Bureau's command center, which has some 22,000 employees, over half of whom are active police officers.</p> <p>In addition, over $123,000 will be used to replace around 63 closed-circuit security cameras along Baldorioty de Castro Ave. This equipment is indispensable to assist police officers in their investigative efforts. </p> <p>“Our police officers need and deserve to have adequate places to work. It is equally important that they have the tools to help them fulfill their mission of saving lives and protecting property. We appreciate FEMA's work in awarding these obligations that will help support public safety in Puerto Rico,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary-designate Alexis Torres Ríos.</p> <p>Funds were also earmarked to rehabilitate facilities at the Rescue Unit and Air Unit of the Isla Grande Airport and the Intelligence Section of the Special Weapons and Tactics Division (SWAT), both belonging to the Joint Forces of Rapid Action division, known as FURA. These obligations of approximately $30,000 and $7,000, respectively, will enable them to acquire electronic equipment and furniture that was destroyed by the hurricane.</p> <p>Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, emphasized that “the Puerto Rico Police is the first front of protection for our people in times of social crisis and natural disasters. Our team at COR3 will provide the necessary assistance to guarantee the development of the projects under this new obligation.”</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/femapuertorico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cor3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_pr-police-headquarters_picture.jpg" width="1248" height="702" alt="Puerto Rico Police Headquarters sign." /></div> </article><p> <strong>San Juan, Puerto Rico</strong> (Feb. 17, 2021) – The recent award of $1.3 million by FEMA to the Puerto Rico Police seeks to address damages caused by Hurricane María to various police facilities throughout the island. This obligation brings to $45 million in FEMA funds earmarked for repairing stations, replacing essential police equipment and video system equipment on roads. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_pr-police-headquarters.jpg" width="1245" height="701" alt="Police building in Puerto Rico" /></div> </article><p><strong>San Juan, Puerto Rico</strong> (Feb. 17, 2021) – The recent award of $1.3 million by FEMA to the Puerto Rico Police seeks to address damages caused by Hurricane María to various police facilities throughout the island. This obligation brings to $45 million in FEMA funds earmarked for repairing stations, replacing essential police equipment and video system equipment on roads. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/18/2021 - 13:21</span> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:21:16 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 614392 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves the Largest Obligation for Permanent Work at the UPR, Río Piedras Campus https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210212/fema-approves-largest-obligation-permanent-work-upr-rio-piedras-campus <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves the Largest Obligation for Permanent Work at the UPR, Río Piedras Campus </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved nearly $10.7 million to rebuild the Facundo Bueso Annex at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) for its campus located in Río Piedras. The structure was demolished in 2018 since it posed a threat to the health and safety of the university community as a result of damage from Hurricane María.</p> <p>The new two-story structure will be fortified with a steel frame and will have a reinforced foundation, in accordance with the most recent building codes and standards. In addition, the work includes upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires state and local governments to adhere to specific architectural standards related to accessibility for new construction work.</p> <p>“The UPR is part of the educational legacy for our future generations. This obligation, like the other grants for various other campuses, helps to ensure that all students have access to first-rate facilities,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>For more than 50 years, the Facundo Bueso Annex was part of the undergraduate faculty of Natural Sciences, whose annual enrollment was approximately 3,000 students. The former annex was home to the Tropical Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Office of Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety, as well as various laboratories where the effects of coastal erosion, among other subjects, were studied.</p> <p>“The reconstruction of the Facundo Bueso Annex is planned in a new space outside the historic area where it was previously located. The purpose of this is to create a passive area with culinary offerings in keeping with the buildings of the historic square that houses it,” said the dean of Administration of the campus, Aurora Sotográs Saldaña.</p> <p>Since the onset of recovery work, the UPR was awarded nearly $272 million in federal grants for a total of 94 projects. Of these, over $177.8 million is for permanent work in the following campuses: Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamón, Carolina, Cayey, Humacao, Mayagüez, Ponce, Rio Piedras and Utuado, as well as the Central Administration, the Medical Sciences campus and the Botanical Garden. </p> <p>Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico (COR3), said that "through this allocation of federal funds and the imminent construction of these projects by the UPR, which will be assisted by the COR3 team throughout this process, we strive to help university students forge their future in facilities that are safe and accessible.”</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_university-puerto-rico.jpg" width="1248" height="718" alt="Building on University of Puerto Rico surrounded by Palm Trees" /></div> </article><p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (February 11, 2021</strong>) – FEMA approves nearly $10.7 million for the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus.<strong> </strong>This is the largest amount of funds assigned for permanent work for this campus<strong>. </strong>Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/12/2021 - 11:47</span> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:47:32 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 613275 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves More than Half a Million Dollars to Entities that Protect Women https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210203/fema-approves-more-half-million-dollars-entities-protect-women <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves More than Half a Million Dollars to Entities that Protect Women </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –</strong> The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $550,000 for nonprofits that offer services for women who are victims of domestic violence. These allocations include $400,000 for three permanent repair projects and other allocations for emergency work following Hurricane María.</p> <p>According to the Puerto Rico Police Bureau Statistics Office, 6,170 incidents of domestic violence were reported on the island in 2020.</p> <p>“Recovery encompasses a myriad of sectors that positively affect the safety and well-being of our communities. Certainly, these allocations help these entities to continue their work for the benefit of our country”, said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>Among the entities to which funds were allocated is <em>Hogar Ruth para Mujeres Maltratadas</em> (Ruth Center for Battered Women) which since its establishment in 1984 has served nearly 6,500 participants annually. The center provides emergency shelter, transitional housing for women and their children, guidance and counseling, legal services, and other support and educational resources. As a result of the $300,000 obligation, it was able to repair the roofs of its buildings and the cistern, as well as the fence that provides protection from intruders and unwanted persons, among other repairs.</p> <p><em>Hogar Ruth'</em>s Executive Director, Lisdel Flores Barger, emphasized that aid is extremely important in these cases because it is about the participants’ safety — the most important element promised to the victims. At the time of the disaster they were sheltering 42 people.</p> <p>“If we had not been able to achieve the improvements to keep the entity functioning, perhaps dozens of women would have been killed because they would not have been able to access an emergency shelter. We are talking about lives, there is no greater impact than that. FEMA provided access to those funds we needed,” said Flores Barger.</p> <p>Similarly, <em>Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos</em> (Julia de Burgos Shelter), will receive approximately $27,000 to repair its solar water heating system, light fixtures for the parking lot, and purchase office furniture, among other improvements. “<em>Casa Julia</em>”, as it is known, was founded in 1979 and provides shelter, transitional housing, children's programs, counseling services and outpatient programs, among others.</p> <p>On the other hand, Women’s Advocate Lersy Boria Vizcarrondo said that her Office is working tirelessly to provide the available resources. In the specific cases of <em>Hogar Ruth </em>and <em>Casa Julia</em>, these organizations are subsidized by the Women’s Advocate Office and they support all efforts made for their benefit.</p> <p>“We are grateful for this allocation of funds for these organizations that undoubtedly do a commendable job, in addition to meeting the physical and emotional needs of the victims who need it so much in their process,” said Boria Vizcarrondo.</p> <p>For his part, Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, said that the projects to be developed will enable the care and services required by the victims to be offered within facilities in optimal conditions. “We appreciate the commitment of employees at these institutions, as they positively transform the lives of those seek protection, shelter and counseling. We are confident that the construction of these administrative and recreational facilities will provide safe spaces for the social and emotional development of victims who wish to rebuild their lives outside of the cycle of abuse,” he added.</p> <p>Likewise, <em>Hogar Nueva Mujer - Santa María de la Merced</em> and <em>Hogar La Piedad</em> which is part of the Community Development Foundation of Puerto Rico (FUNDESCO, for its Spanish acronym) are part of the organizations that were approved funds to repair their facilities. Also noteworthy is the allocation of over $90,000 to the municipality of Yabucoa for its Office of Women's Affairs whose responsibility is to ensure the development and implementation of legal, social and economic equality for women and the strengthening of the family as a core institution on the Island.</p> <p><strong>[VIDEO] </strong>To learn more about Casa Ruth’s efforts and their recovery projects, click <a href="https://fema.ravnur.com/PublicPage/video/2455.aspx">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr/">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/03/2021 - 17:13</span> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 17:13:47 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 612339 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Leadership Discusses Recovery Goals During Visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210129/fema-leadership-discusses-recovery-goals-during-visit-puerto-rico-and-us <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Leadership Discusses Recovery Goals During Visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –</strong> FEMA Region II Acting Administrator David Maurstad visited Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this week to engage in a series of conversations with government officials from both territories about ongoing recovery and preparedness efforts. This is Maurstad's first visit to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands since being assigned to his position.</p> <p>“Our top priority is to reduce disaster suffering, and this visit reinforced our commitment to our partners to ensure that we achieve results. As a result of this visit, we have strengthened our priorities with our partners, which puts us on the path to success,” said Maurstad.  </p> <p>As part of the visit to Puerto Rico, the federal official spoke with Governor Pedro Pierluisi at La Fortaleza about the various disasters that have affected the island. They also discussed FEMA's goals for the year, which include completing all site inspections for Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes projects, as well as ensuring the majority of projects are obligated.</p> <p>“These meetings are essential for the work on the island and allow the recovery to move forward at a steady pace. Together we will ensure that this historic recovery will benefit all of Puerto Rico,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands José Baquero Tirado.</p> <p>In addition, the FEMA team met with Federal and Commonwealth staff visiting various FEMA offices on the island and at the Agency distribution center, where preparedness and readiness activities for the 2021 hurricane season were discussed. In both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, key projects to complete in 2021 were identified, which will enhance the capabilities of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Bureau and the Virgin Island Territorial Emergency Management Agency.</p> <p>A meeting was also held with the Puerto Rico National Guard to discuss the coordination related to COVID-19 vaccination work on the island. For the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Major General José J. Reyes, the meeting was an important step in the efforts to slow the spread of the virus and added that “for the past four years, FEMA has been a determining factor in the recovery  of our Island. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency's collaboration has been fundamental in this fight for the well-being of our citizens. Each of us is an important part of the process of stopping this pandemic.”</p> <p>The visit to the neighboring islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, on the other hand, included a meeting with the U.S. Virgin Islands Governor, Albert Bryan, Jr., as well as other territorial officials. There, the team was able to see progress first-hand at the Estate Fortuna Fire Station, the George Simmons Terrace Community Center and the Juan F. Luis Hospital temporary facility, which is nearly completed.  </p> <p>“This visit reinforced FEMA’s commitment to the USVI and ensures that the Territory is postured to achieve key milestones in 2021,” said Acting Director for the U.S. Virgin Islands Joint Recovery Office, John Covell.</p> <p>FEMA has prioritized its investment in the Caribbean to ensure their recoveries are successful as it continues to help people before, during and after disasters. </p> <p>For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339">fema.gov/disaster/4339</a> and <a href="http://www.recuperacion.pr">recuperacion.pr</a>. Follow us on our social networks at <a href="http://www.Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>, <a href="http://www.Facebook.com/COR3pr">Facebook.com/COR3pr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cor3pr">Twitter @COR3pr</a>.</p> <p>For more on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ recovery, visit <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion2">twitter.com/femaregion2</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands">www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands</a></p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema-region-2-acting-administrator-governor-pedro-pieluisi.jpg" width="1248" height="832" alt="FEMA Region 2 Acting Administrator and Governor Pedro Pieluisi signing a document with others sitting at the table, " /></div> </article><p> <strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (Jan. 26, 2021) – FEMA Region II Acting Administrator, David Maurstad and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, José G. Baquero, speak with Governor Pedro Pierluisi about ongoing recovery work in Puerto Rico.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2-acting-administrator-adjuntant-general-pr-.jpg" width="1248" height="832" alt="FEMA Region II Acting Administrator and Adjuntant General of PR listening to speakers at a briefing" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p><strong>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico</strong> (Jan. 28, 2021) – During his visit to Puerto Rico, FEMA Region II Acting Administrator, David Maurstad and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, José G. Baquero, speak with Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Major General José J. Reyes about FEMA support to accelerate state recovery efforts from recent disasters.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2-acting-administrator-project-manager-yvonne-thomas.jpg" width="1250" height="872" alt="FEMA Region II Acting Administrator and Project Manager Yvonne Thomas speaking to workers as they tour the building." /></div> </article><p><strong>St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands</strong> (Jan. 19, 2021) – Acting Regional Administrator David Maurstad, left, Region 2 and Joint Recovery Office leadership meet with Project Manager Yvonne Thomas, right, at Juan F. Luis Hospital's temporary facility. FEMA obligated $110 million through its Public Assistance program for the temporary facility's construction after the hospital's main building was damaged during Hurricane Maria in September 2017.  FEMA has approved a replacement for Luis Hospital.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2-acting-administrator-government-albert-bryan-jr_0.jpg" width="1250" height="888" alt="FEMA Region II Acting Administrator and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. talking to each other." /></div> </article><p><strong>St. Croix</strong>, <strong>U.S. Virgin Islands, </strong>(Jan. 20, 2021) – FEMA Region II Acting Administrator David Maurstad, along with staff from the New York and USVI offices, meet with Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. at Government House to discuss the progress of repairs to damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/29/2021 - 11:18</span> Fri, 29 Jan 2021 11:18:40 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 611427 at https://www.fema.gov Free legal Aid Available for Survivors of Floods in Arecibo https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210128/free-legal-aid-available-survivors-floods-arecibo <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Free legal Aid Available for Survivors of Floods in Arecibo</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico </strong>— The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that free legal services are now available for survivors of the severe floods in Arecibo who may be facing legal issues related to this disaster. This service will be available until April 5, 2021.</p> <p>Residents of Arecibo who are unable to pay for a lawyer can contact one and make an appointment in the following ways: </p> <ul><li>Phone: 800-981-5342 or 787-728-5070 (for TTY, press 7-1-1).</li> <li>Visit: <a href="https://www.servicioslegales.org/">https://www.servicioslegales.org/</a></li> <li>Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. You may also leave a message and a lawyer will return your call within 48 hours.</li> </ul><p>Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Deaf people are encouraged to use the Video Relay Service or VRS when contacting the Legal Aid line and to not be afraid to ask questions.</p> <p>Free legal assistance includes help with insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.); counseling on landlord/tenant problems; help with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures; and replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster.</p> <p>Survivors should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves, their insurance coverage (if applicable), and any other information to help substantiate the loss. <a>People who have sustained personal property damage as a result of the storm are encouraged to register with FEMA, as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.<strong> The deadline to submit a late application to request assistance from FEMA is Friday, March 5, 2021. </strong></a></p> <p>Free legal assistance is provided through a partnership between Puerto Rico Legal Services, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Services and FEMA.</p> <p>For more information on the Arecibo flood recovery visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4571">fema.gov/disaster/4571</a>. Follow us on <a href="http://www.Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico">Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>frances.acevedo-pico</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/28/2021 - 11:46</span> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:46:24 +0000 frances.acevedo-pico 611322 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210127/fema-supports-vaccine-distribution-covid-19-response-update <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA has now obligated more than $1.2 billion to governmental partners with vaccination sites, as the agency continues its increased support in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.</p> <p>That number is expected to grow in the days ahead as we work with other federal agencies to provide federal support for critical staffing, supplies and other shortfalls which will  help get more Americans vaccinated.</p> <h3>Federal Funding to Accelerate State Vaccine Efforts</h3> <p>FEMA, in accordance with President Joseph R. Biden’s Jan. 21 <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/21/extend-federal-support-to-governors-use-of-national-guard-to-respond-to-covid-19-and-to-increase-reimbursement-and-other-assistance-provided-to-states/">memorandum</a>, will provide reimbursement to state, local, tribal and territorial governments and the District of Columbia for use of their National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and other assistance, which may include support for vaccination distribution and administration, at a 100% cost share until Sept. 30, 2021.</p> <p>The agency is expediting reimbursement for eligible emergency work projects to ensure resources are available to support vaccine distribution and administration. Funding covers emergency protective measures, such as:</p> <p>Supplies and commodities needed to safely store and administer the vaccine.</p> <p>Transportation support and reasonable, necessary security for refrigerated trucks and support for leasing space to store and/or administer vaccines, including utilities, maintenance and security.</p> <p>Medical and support staff, including onsite infection control measures, personal protective equipment for staff, cloth face coverings for patients, temperature scanners, physical barriers and disinfection of the facility in accordance with CDC guidance.</p> <p>Dissemination of public information and communication regarding vaccinations.</p> <p>As of Jan. 26, FEMA obligated more than <strong>$1.2 billion</strong> to states, territories and tribes for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share:</p> <ul><li>$219.5 million to Maryland.</li> <li>$216 million to New Jersey.</li> <li>$466.8 million to New York.</li> <li>$1.6 million to Pennsylvania.</li> <li>$76.6 million to Puerto Rico.</li> <li>$2.5 million to the U.S. Virgin Islands.</li> <li>$2.2 million to Virginia.</li> <li>$2.3 million to Washington, D.C.</li> <li>$1 million to West Virginia.</li> </ul><p>The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 appropriates $2 billion to FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals and households for COVID-19-related funeral expenses at a 100% federal cost. The appropriation covers eligible funeral expenses incurred through Dec. 31, 2020. FEMA is reviewing the legislation and evaluating potential options for implementation.</p> <h3>Federal Coordination to Identify and Fill Resource Gaps</h3> <p>FEMA released “<a href="https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_covid-19-vaccination-planning_faq_11-19-2020.pdf">FEMA COVID-19 Vaccination Planning FAQ</a>,” a document to help assist governments with their vaccine distribution efforts and reimbursements for associated costs. The agency will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to ensure a coordinated approach to using<a> </a><a href="https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/fact-sheets">Defense Production Act</a> authorities wherever necessary so private sector companies can increase vaccine supply and spur vaccine manufacturing.</p> <h3>FEMA Supporting and Establishing Vaccine Sites</h3> <p>FEMA will provide support to established vaccination locations, establish new community vaccination centers and support National Guard operations to expand access to vaccines. To reach underserved and rural communities, FEMA, in collaboration with federal partners, will coordinate efforts to establish and support fixed facilities and establishing pop-up or temporary vaccination sites and mobile vaccination clinics. FEMA has already deployed staff to Arizona and Nevada to support state vaccination centers with personnel and technical assistance. Additional staff across the country are supporting virtually.</p> <h3>Vaccine Guidance</h3> <p>FEMA is working with the Ad Council to encourage hesitant or underrepresented Americans to get vaccinated. This research-driven <a href="https://www.covidcollaborative.us/">public education campaign</a> provides federal, non-profit and medical stakeholders with insights and communications strategies to tailor communications to reach diverse audiences.</p> <p>Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state and local governments about <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html">who should be vaccinated first</a>. CDC’s recommendations are based on those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an independent panel of medical and health experts. Each state has its own plan for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first. Contact your <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/open-america/hd-search/index.html">state health department</a> for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.</p> <p>As of Jan. 25, CDC has administered more than 22.7 million vaccine doses. More than 41.4 million vaccine doses have been distributed to locations across the country. The vaccine is not a perfect fix. Everyone should continue to <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html">practice other precautions</a>, like wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, handwashing and other hygiene measures until public health officials say otherwise.</p> <p>FEMA is committed to ensuring every American who wants a vaccine can get one.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/27/2021 - 15:46</span> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:46:59 +0000 zella.campbell 611163 at https://www.fema.gov