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25 May 2018 description
report Project HOPE

Partnership provides critical health services, and diabetes and nutrition education

San Juan, PR, May 23, 2018

24 May 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA recently awarded more than $194 million in additional Public Assistance grants for Hurricane María recovery in Puerto Rico. To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated $2.2 billion in total funding to the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities for debris removal and emergency protective measures. 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.

23 May 2018 description

Release date: May 23, 2018
Release Number: 133

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that additional disaster assistance is available to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The assistance allows for additional federal funding for debris removal, emergency protective measures, hazard mitigation and permanent infrastructure restoration as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This action authorizes the following additional assistance:

23 May 2018 description

Major challenges include improving the city's drinking water supply and waste management system

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dominican Republic's second city is bracing for hurricane season with a new evacuation plan after storms last year killed around 90 people, said its chief resilience officer.

22 May 2018 description

ATLANTA (May 22, 2018) – AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $100 million to two organizations, Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief, to strengthen access to housing and healthcare in Puerto Rico. The organizations will receive $50 million each. This donation is an extension of the more than $4 million AbbVie provided following the unprecedented natural disasters of 2017.

21 May 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on 18 September 2017, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), which affected the country’s 73,800 inhabitants.

11 May 2018 description

Release date: May 11, 2018
Release Number: 128

U. S. Virgin Islands – Virgin Islanders still facing the loss of homes, businesses or cherished possessions in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria may find themselves struggling to cope with the emotional impact of the disaster and acknowledgement of the upcoming hurricane season. Local, territory and federal officials are urging survivors to be aware of the signs of emotional stress and seek help if they are feeling overwhelmed.

03 May 2018 description

DOMINICA/PANAMÁ, 3 de mayo de 2018 – Los directores regionales del UNICEF y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (WFP) para América Latina y el Caribe firmaron hoy un acuerdo para apoyar a los gobiernos de la región a estar mejor preparados y equipados para utilizar los programas de transferencias monetarias para asistir a la población durante las emergencias.

30 Apr 2018 description

From January to December 2017 the Logistics Cluster has supported 512 organisations, including national and international NGOs, UN agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and government agencies across 13 operations.

27 Apr 2018 description


Retos y cambios

El 2017 fue un año turbulento para la respuesta humanitaria en América Latina y el Caribe. La seguridad y estabilidad de millones de personas fue puesta en peligro por desastres y emergencias mientras que el sector de asistencia humani-taria se sometió a un proceso intenso de reevaluar su propósito, sus prácticas y financiamiento.

27 Apr 2018 description


Challenges and changes

2017 was a tumultuous year for humanitarian response in Latin America and the Caribbean. The safety, security and stability of millions of people in the region was compromised by disasters and emergencies, while the humanitarian aid sector underwent a re-evaluation of its purpose, practices and financing.

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

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – Today FEMA approved Gov. Rossello’s request to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program for approximately 1,700 survivors whose benefits were scheduled to end. Partnership in recovery is critical to success and Puerto Rico must lead the way in establishing and executing their recovery goals. FEMA looks forward to this continued partnership and supporting the government of Puerto Rico and Maria survivors.

20 Apr 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA staff continue working with members of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency to respond to Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s April 18 request for a third extension of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.

FEMA and PREMA staff are coordinating a path forward for Hurricane Maria survivors based on the Governor’s request.

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.

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.

11 Apr 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries continue to respond to critical needs of victims of Hurricane Maria, which devastated communities across Puerto Rico in September 2017. To aid these ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has launched a new donation fund to help aid this work.

11 Apr 2018 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

Months after Hurricane Maria, the inhabitants of Dominica are still struggling to recover from the destruction. The hurricane, which struck on 18 September 2017, was the worst disaster caused by a natural phenomenon on the island in recent memory, bringing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), as well as torrential rains, floods and landslides.

Many elderly people struggling to cope with their hardships