FEMA makes shelter funds available in wake of TS Laura

By John McPhaul

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Saturday the availability of federal assistance to Puerto Rico to complement commonwealth and local government response efforts that began last Friday and continue due to Tropical Storm Laura.

Federal funds are available to the commonwealth and local governments, and some eligible private non-profit organizations subject to a 75 percent cost contribution by the federal government, for emergency protective measures (Category B), which are limited to direct federal assistance and reimbursement for group care, including evacuation operations and shelter support.

According to a press release from the agency, assistance is available for the island’s 78 municipalities.

Alex Amparo, FEMA’s federal disaster recovery coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been appointed as the federal coordinating officer in charge of response operations in affected areas.

Additional appointments could be made if justified by the findings of damage assessments.

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