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18 Oct 2018 description

Release Number:
291

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $46 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. These awards bring the total amount of funds obligated under the agency’s Public Assistance program to $3.9 billion.

The grants approved are distributed as follows:

  • Nearly $14.4 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Wisconsin Electric Power Company for emergency protective measures

12 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kenton X. Chance

BRIDGETOWN, Oct 12 2018 (IPS) - If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”.

And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture.

When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the country’s minister of housing, was weeks away from harvest time at his two-acre farm where he had 800 plantain trees, in addition to yams.

03 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • With the next general election due within a year, the political climate in Dominica has shifted slightly and subtle campaign efforts can be observed from all political parties. Radio shows, community meetings and the like are more popular and some reconstruction efforts in specific communities have been attributed to political affiliation.

01 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2018— The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$31 million additional financing to an ongoing project from the International Development Association for building resilient infrastructure and strengthening the government’s capacity to manage disaster risks in the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, which was hit by Hurricane Maria just over a year ago.

27 Sep 2018 description

Release Number: NR 284

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $56 million in grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. The funds cover costs for emergency protective measures and debris removal.

Emergency protective measures are actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.

The grants approved are allocated as follows:

26 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2018

As delivered

Let me offer five points of summary from the discussion.

Firstly, CERF is the first and aspires to continue to be the fastest. It was the first contributor to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March/April this year. Just a few days after the massive influx of Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar from 25th August last year, CERF was one of the first to make an allocation. And CERF was one of the first to leverage funds for the hurricanes in the Caribbean last September.

25 Sep 2018 description

Debarati Guha-Sapir, professor, Francesco Checchi, professor

Science must prevail

25 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Latin America and Caribbean region is increasingly impacted by natural disasters as well as population movements. In 2017, more than 15.6 million people - including 8 million children were affected by natural disasters. Hurricanes resulted in aggravating the humanitarian situation of more than 1.4 million people in Cuba, Haiti and the Eastern Caribbean islands. Mexico was severely hit by two major earthquakes in September 2017, while floods and landslides further exacerbated the needs of vulnerable children and their families in Colombia and Peru.

24 Sep 2018 description

As is known, K1 Britannia Foundation took a leading role in the immediate relief efforts post Hurricanes Irma & Maria, with relief work continuing in the form of material and construction help until June of this year. Having been involved in such an active way post-Irma, the foundation evaluated its role with partners during this time and realized that its job in disaster relief & crisis management is not over but has merely just begun. With key partners such as the cruise lines, the foundation has expanded its disaster relief focus and activities both on St.

24 Sep 2018 description

Philipsburg, ST. MAARTEN – After almost 11 consistent months of disaster relief activities, K1 Britannia Foundation is rounding off their Irma-focused activities. Since the day of Hurricane Irma on September 6th, 2017, the foundation has been busy with immediate, mid and long-term relief.

Immediate Relief:


21 Sep 2018 description
report Convoy of Hope

Last year Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, devastating the island. With 150 mph winds and up to 20-30 inches of rain, the entire island lost power and many homes were destroyed, affecting more than 3 million people.

21 Sep 2018 description

Roseau – One year ago, Hurricane Maria reached the island of Dominica with a wind speed of 220 mph (354 kph). The results were devastating: 31 lives were lost and 34 are still missing; roads and bridges were devastated and about 90 per cent of the housing stock in the island was damaged or destroyed.

21 Sep 2018 description
report NetHope

ANNIVERSARY OF LAST YEAR’S HURRICANE HEIGHTENS PREPAREDNESS FOR 2018

The effects of last year’s hurricanes are still reverberating throughout the Caribbean and Gulf Coast region. The roll call of the devastation was sobering but was a clarion call for NetHope and its members and partners to increase our collective efforts to be prepared for the coming hurricane season, which has already begun to assert itself.

21 Sep 2018 description

By Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International

20 September 2018, 12:21 UTC

As we mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the experience of Puerto Ricans shows that the biggest threat to humanity is not climate change itself – but politicians who ignore it and refuse to keep us safe.

20 Sep 2018 description
report Save the Children

Efforts Focus on Restoring and Improving Early Learning and Education Programs, Helping Children Emotionally Heal, Building Resilience, Preparing for Next Emergency

20 Sep 2018 description

Release Number: 147

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – One year after two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), progress is being made in the territory’s recovery. Homes are being repaired, schools are back in session, roads are free of debris, ports are open and composite utility poles are standing tall.

19 Sep 2018 description

Release Number:
NR 280

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – Ilia González had to make some tough decisions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane María’s landfall a year ago. Chief among them: whether to leave her home and support network in Barrio Santa Olaya and give up her job.

Gonzalez registered with FEMA for disaster assistance and today is living in an apartment while the home María destroyed is being rebuilt. Both her home and the temporary apartment were paid for by two FEMA programs, and Gonzalez still has her job.

19 Sep 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Reviving tourism and agriculture is critical for the island’s economic recovery following last year’s hurricane