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12 Aug 2018 description
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Facebook team joins Direct Relief in Puerto Rico to learn how technology shaped Hurricane Maria response.

By Bryn Blanks

Facebook is one of the first places people turn after an emergency to let their loved ones know they are safe and to gain insight into how communities were impacted.

Direct Relief witnessed these activities first-hand after Hurricane Maria. With limited energy and phone signal, individuals were connecting with loved ones and offering support.

09 Aug 2018 description
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En un documento oficial se estima un volumen de defunciones vinculables a los efectos del fenómeno meteorológico que multiplica por 22 la cifra que venía ofreciendo el gobierno

Parapetado casi un año tras una cifra inverosímil por baja, el Gobierno de Puerto Rico ha comenzado a reconocer públicamente el volumen real de muertes vinculables a los efectos del huracán María. Hasta la fecha el número oficial es 64, pero en un documento reciente se estima en más de 1.427.

07 Aug 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded more than $320 million in Public Assistance grants to Puerto Rico for Hurricane María-related costs on the island. This brings the total to more than $3 billion in Public Assistance funds that FEMA has obligated to the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities.

The following is a breakdown of the $320 million in recently obligated grants:

07 Aug 2018 description

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), have signed an agreement which will add GBP30 million (mn) to the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The agreement was signed on the sidelines of CDB’s Board of Directors meeting on July 26, 2018.

05 Aug 2018 description
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Grants from Direct Relief will support solar power and battery storage installations, mobile health units, and emergency communications technology

By Tony Morain

Direct Relief today announced a series of new financial commitments totaling $12.3 million to help Puerto Rico healthcare organizations address ongoing health needs following Hurricane Maria and to bolster their ability to weather future storms.

02 Aug 2018 description

The federal government had planned to end a housing assistance program for people displaced by Hurricane Maria

By Nate Raymond

WORCESTER, Mass., Aug 1 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday extended until Aug. 31 an order preventing the eviction of hundreds of Puerto Rican families who fled the hurricane-ravaged island in 2017 and have been living in hotels and motels across the United States.

Read more on Thomson Reuters Foundation

01 Aug 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA awarded more than $93 million in additional Public Assistance grants for emergency protective measures, debris removal and management costs related to Hurricane María recovery on the island.

To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated nearly $2.7 billion in total funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities.

31 Jul 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Building back smarter and more resilient is at the core of Puerto Rico’s recovery from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria, and finding creative solutions to achieve that goal was the focus of a recent transportation summit.

27 Jul 2018 description

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Release Number: 235

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA awarded more than $34 million in additional Public Assistance grants for emergency protective measures, debris removal and management costs related to Hurricane María recovery on the island.

To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated $2.6 billion in total funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities.

25 Jul 2018 description

The British Virgin Islands sustained widespread damage as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly and the Virgin Gorda Elderly Home—buildings that house the most vulnerable seniors and older persons in their communities—were badly damaged by the storms. With financial help from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Pan American Health Organization undertook restoration works which have now been completed.

24 Jul 2018 description

Release Number: 231

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Nearly $210 million has now been approved in Community Disaster Loans for 51 Puerto Rico municipalities. The loans allow local communities to continue providing essential services as they recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In June and July, 31 additional municipalities were approved for loans.

The municipalities approved for $5 million each are: Barceloneta, Cataño, Cayey, Cidra, Dorado, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Isabela, Juana Díaz, San Germán, San Juan and Toa Alta.

23 Jul 2018 description

In October 2017, Governor of the US Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp called for the Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force to develop a comprehensive report on the 2017 hurricanes’ impact, as well as produce recommendations for effective recovery and resilience. Specifically, the report was to answer three questions for each of several sectors:

  1. What happened during the hurricanes and why?

  2. How will climate change affect the sector in the future?

  3. What will the Territory do?

17 Jul 2018 description

Executive Summary

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the paradigm shift from traditional humanitarian response by international actors to nationally led disaster risk management has already taken place, in general terms. Within this, national institutions are looking for more efficient and effective ways to meet the needs of their people, especially those affected by more frequent and severe natural disasters due to climate change.

16 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recovery operations continue in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and other hurricane-affected countries in the Caribbean, after the September 2017 passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

  • USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse (SP) supports economic recovery in Dominica

  • Tropical Storm Beryl crosses Dominica on July 8–9, causing minimal damage

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Jul 2018 description

Release date: 

July 16, 2018

Release Number: 

229

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA awarded more than $140 million in Public Assistance grants for Hurricane María recovery in Puerto Rico.

To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated $2.6 billion in total funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

16 Jul 2018 description

Executive Summary

The year 2017 was poignantly marked by numerous humanitarian dramas around the world. From devastating natural disasters to deadly conflicts, Télécoms Sans Frontières has remained mobilised and adapted its response to the specific needs of the affected populations, introducing new and innovative means of providing communications aid.