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23 Apr 2018 description

Release Number: 160

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As Puerto Rico explores how to rebuild after back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes, the people who will collaborate on those solutions were asked to envision innovative construction methods that will have a real and lasting impact.

"True innovation can change and transform the course of Puerto Rico," said Glorimar Ripoll, chief innovation officer for the government of Puerto Rico. "We are not just rebuilding bridges, buildings, roads and houses. We’re also, and most importantly, rebuilding a society."

20 Apr 2018 description
report Direct Relief

When 85-year-old Don Andrés Rodríguez Rodríguez described the place where he grew up, he answered without hesitation.

“Perfect, my community is perfect,” he said.

Rodriguez lives about 3,000 feet above sea level in Bauta Abajo, Puerto Rico, one of the island’s rural mountain communities, where the sky and clouds can seem close enough to touch.

But since Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico last September, conditions in his neighborhood have been far from perfect.

17 Apr 2018 description

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services wishes to continue updating the public on the progress of works to the schools’ infrastructure throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year.

17 Apr 2018 description

Authored by: Llonella Gilbert

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Acting Prime Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said there are encouraging signs that the farming and fishing industries are on the comeback after passage of Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, Irma and Maria across the southern and northern islands of The Bahamas left extensive damage to the farmland and marine resources of those communities.

16 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

The Netherlands and World Bank sign US$580 million agreement for Sint Maarten’s Recovery and Resilience Post Irma

13 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

Highest ever financing for the country to help build back a better and climate resilient country

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018— The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today two emergency support operations totaling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

13 Apr 2018 description

Honourable Minister of Finance, other Members of Government, Ms. Diana Wilson Patrick, ladies and gentlemen, good morning and welcome.

11 Apr 2018 description

HUD No. 18-028 USVI

Disaster recovery funds to help repair damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1.6 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. These funds are provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and are intended to rebuild seriously damaged housing, businesses and critical infrastructure.

11 Apr 2018 description

HUD No. 18-028

Disaster recovery funds to help repair damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $28 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from major disasters that occurred since 2015.

10 Apr 2018 description

Good morning to everyone and a special welcome is extended to Ms. Diana Wilson Patrick who is representing the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Board of Governors.

Ms. Patrick, your presence here this morning represents the continued relationship and partnership between the Government and people of this Territory and the Caribbean Development Bank. We are especially grateful that in the weeks following the devastation by the hurricanes you were one of the first to come forward offering help to the Territory

10 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

En la ciudad industrial agramontina, se transforma el paisaje heredado del huracán Irma

NUEVITAS, Camagüey.–«Esta será mi casa», asegura sonriente Héctor Hernández López, mientras da los toques finales al «derretido» del piso de su nuevo hogar: una de las 50 petrocasas donadas por la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Casi desde que comenzaron a edificarse, supo por las autoridades locales que le había sido asignada una de las viviendas, pues la suya, allá por la zona de San Agustín, se vino abajo «gracias» a la arremetida de los vientos del huracán Irma.

09 Apr 2018 description

El Comité de Huracanes de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) se reunirá del 9 al 13 de abril para examinar la devastadora temporada de huracanes que afectó a la región del océano Atlántico en 2017, así como para deliberar acerca de la coordinación y la planificación operacional a escala regional con vistas a proteger las vidas y los bienes materiales durante la próxima temporada.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

06 Apr 2018 description

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH and Sara Rosenbaum, JD

Policy Issue Brief #52

06 Apr 2018 description

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

31 Mar 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – A disaster recovery center is opening in Corozal on Tuesday, April 3 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by hurricanes Irma and María.

Casa Loydi
Calle San Manuel corner of Calle Gándara
Corozal, PR 00783

Beginning Tuesday, April 3, the center’s regular hours are** 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays**.

29 Mar 2018 description

Release date: March 29, 2018

Release Number: 112

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through May 15 at the territory’s request.

Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to hurricanes Irma and Maria may be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies

27 Mar 2018 description

La sécurité alimentaire, fragile après Irma, s’améliorera grâce à la campagne de printemps


• Les moyens d’existence dans le Nord peinent à se récupérer, en raison des effets résiduels d'Irma. Ainsi, une bonne partie de la zone HT02 (particulierement le Nord-Est) est en Crise (phase 3 de l’IPC), les autres régions, y compris la Grand-Anse et la Côte Sud sont en stress ou en minimale (Phase 1 et 2 de l’IPC).

26 Mar 2018 description

Release date: March 26, 2018
Release Number: 142

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available for businesses and private nonprofits that suffered physical damage or economic losses due to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Uninsured and underinsured losses caused by a disaster can impact business owners’ ability to recover. SBA loans can help cover repairs and replacement of damaged physical assets as well as small business operating expenses after a disaster.