Puerto Rico (The United States of America)

FEMA approves an additional $93 million in public assistance for Puerto Rico municipalities, public utilities, education

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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.

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 were awarded as follows:

  • More than $80 million to the PR Department of Education
  • More than $10.4 million to the PR Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
  • Nearly $2.5 million to Morovis

The grant to the Department of Education allows the department to continue providing essential educational services to students in Puerto Rico.

The grant to PREPA is for protective measures related to the Guajataca Dam. The award for Morovis is to remove debris as a result of Hurricane Maria.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to eligible government and certain private nonprofit organizations. This assistance is granted for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities. The program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The Public Assistance program is funded by FEMA and administered by the Government of Puerto Rico. FEMA obligates funding for these projects directly to Puerto Rico.

For more information on the Hurricane María recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339.