The White House issued this Wednesday Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico in response to the hurricane Fiona.
This major disaster declaration allows you to activate financial aid from FEMA for public assistance to offer emergency services and jobs to those affected by the hurricane.
The assistance can range from funds for temporary shelters and home repairs to low-cost loans for uninsured households, the White House said in a statement.
Federal funds are also available to local governments and nonprofit organizations for debris removal and emergency protective measures, the US government added.
FEMA will also send hundreds of additional troops to Puerto Rico to respond to the emergency and its administrator, Deanne Criswell began today to assess the situation on the ground and determine the resources needed to support her recovery.
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Peter Pierluisihad advanced the measure on Wednesday.
“This ensures that our town will have access to additional help from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) to recover from the damage” caused by the hurricane, he said on his official Twitter account.
Pierluisi made the request to declare a state of Major Disaster yesterday to the US president, Joe Bidenwho promised to give priority to the matter and that last Sunday already approved a federal emergency declaration.
At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Pierluisi said he was confident of having a response from the federal government between today and tomorrow “to start this process as soon as possible.”
The category 1 hurricane, which made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico last Sunday, left impassable roads, flooded areas, destroyed homes and downed power poles on the island.
There is still no estimate of the damage caused by Fiona on the island fatalities have not been determined directly or indirectly linked to the tragedy, although these would exceed ten.
“You are not alone in this recovery. FEMA will be with you. We will be here tomorrow, next week and the following months for all your needs”, Criswell assured today.
73% of Puerto Rico still without power three days after Hurricane Fiona, while 41% of subscribers do not have water service either.
(With information from EFE)
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