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FEMA grants PR request to extend application period for mitigation funds

José G. Baquero, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recuperation and disaster coordinator

By The Star Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA,) granted the request of the government of Puerto Rico to extend the application period for funds under the agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), through April 30, 2022.

The HMGP funds help reduce the risk of loss of lives and property from disasters that may occur in the future.

To date, more than $1 billion has been approved to help increase the resilience of the island through mitigation works.

The mitigation proposals include $5.5 million to the Puerto Rico Permit Management Office to review and adopt building codes updated in Puerto Rico.

Another $28.6 million was awarded to the Planning Board of Puerto Rico for the first phase of a project that seeks to increase staff and resources in order to enforce building codes.

Other projects, such as the improvement of sewerage, drainage and the pumping station in the municipality of Loíza, will be possible thanks to HMGP funds.

“Our commitment is to work closely with the government of Puerto Rico while the historic recovery of the island continues,” said José G. Baquero, FEMA’s recuperation and disaster coordinator. “FEMA recognizes local government efforts to move forward with these projects and the challenges it faces due to the pandemic. Understanding the complexity of this disaster, our goal is to continue to support it so that the island can take advantage of this unique opportunity to rebuild in a strengthened way.”

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