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FEMA Continues Hurricane Fiona Response Efforts

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 21, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. permitted Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s request for an expedited main disaster declaration. The declaration authorizes FEMA to offer particular person help to survivors in 55 municipalities and public help in all 78 Puerto Rico municipalities.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Gov. Pierluisi will transient President Biden at this time on Fiona’s impacts and the continued federal response. FEMA will work with Puerto Rico officers to start injury assessments within the coming days to find out extra assist to survivors and communities.

FEMA’s priorities are to assist lifesaving and life-sustaining actions, together with restoration of energy and water techniques. FEMA surged lots of of workers to Puerto Rico to assist the response. This is along with 700 employees who stay and work on the island.

Disaster survivors who stay within the 55 declared municipalities can apply for federal help at, by calling 800-621-3362 or through the use of the FEMA App. Survivors utilizing a relay service, similar to a video relay service (VRC), captioned phone service or others, may give the FEMA operator the quantity for that service.

Federal and Partner Actions to Support Areas Affected by Hurricane Fiona

  • Five FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams and 5 Urban Search and Rescue groups are in Puerto Rico to bolster response efforts. Additionally, Mobile Emergency Response Support, Incident Support Base, Staging Management Teams and Mobile Communication Office Vehicle operators are on the island.
  • A FEMA-sponsored State Supplemental Response Team is anticipated to reach at this time.
  • Water Distribution Task Force, federal, commonwealth and personal sector members are coordinating water supply to remoted communities.
  • FEMA prepositioned provides on the island together with 4 strategically positioned warehouses all through the island, greater than 7 million liters of water, greater than 4 million ready-to-eat meals, greater than 215 mills, greater than 100,000 tarps, greater than 28,000 plastic covers and greater than 10,300 cots and different emergency provides.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crew administration and non permanent emergency energy groups are in Puerto Rico. A joint generator job drive was established to prioritize generator necessities.
  • FEMA psychological and counseling well being sources can be found to our FEMA personnel lots of whom are survivors themselves and from the island. Mental well being sources can be found to the broader Puerto Rico neighborhood, many who’re being retraumatized on condition that Maria was simply 5 years in the past. 
  • The American Red Cross is working carefully with the native authorities to offer assist the place wanted. More than 190 educated Red Cross volunteers are assessing injury and delivering emergency provides to shelters the place doable.
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations won’t be performed at evacuation websites, or help facilities similar to shelters or meals banks. The legal guidelines won’t be suspended, and we shall be vigilant in opposition to any effort by criminals to take advantage of disruptions brought on by the storm.
  • More than 450 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard are helping the Puerto Rico authorities’s response by conducting search and rescue, commodity distribution, safety operations and extra. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supporting the island’s search and rescue response.  
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public well being emergency, giving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their well being care suppliers and suppliers higher flexibility in assembly emergency well being wants. The division additionally deployed an Incident Management Team, a Health Incident Management Team and Disaster Medical Assistance personnel.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service permitted a waiver for the Puerto Rico Department of the Family to permit sizzling meals to be bought with Nutrition Assistance Program advantages for one week. Additionally, the USDA Food & Nutrition Service permitted the Puerto Rico Department of Education utility to make use of USDA Foods for congregate feeding for two,500 at shelters for 5 days, beginning Sept. 21.

Stay Alert to Continuing Risks

  • Avoid downed energy traces: Do not contact or drive over downed energy traces. Always assume a downed energy line is unsafe and phone the facility firm and emergency personnel.  
  • Be conscious of areas the place floodwaters have receded: Roads might have weakened and will collapse beneath the burden of a automotive.
  • Use a generator safely: Keep mills removed from your own home. Never use a generator inside a house, basement, shed or storage even when doorways and home windows are open as these may enable carbon monoxide to come back indoors.
  • Stay protected throughout excessive warmth: Avoid strenuous work or train through the warmest a part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in excessive warmth and take frequent breaks.
  • Download the free FEMA App (obtainable in English and Spanish) to obtain emergency alerts and real-time security notifications, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster sources. Visit or to be taught how one can maintain your self, your loved ones, and your pets protected.

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