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Over $864.7 million in federal Fiona aid disbursed

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

In the six months since the Sept. 21, 2022 disaster declaration for Hurricane Fiona, more than $864.7 million in federal funds have been distributed to support the recovery of survivors and infrastructure on the island.

The collaboration between FEMA, the Puerto Rico government, island municipalities, and local and federal partners remains strong, which has been key to identifying and fulfilling disaster-related needs, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said.

“It’s been six months since Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, the first to make landfall after hurricane Maria in 2017,” the governor said. “We have been working together with FEMA to rebuild our island and proof of our joint efforts is the announcement of the arrival of the first temporary generation units that will provide energy during hurricane season.”

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program has provided more than $629 million in disaster grants to support the recovery of nearly 735,000 Puerto Rico households (as of March 16).

Nearly $58 million has been disbursed for housing assistance and nearly $571 for other assistance needs.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved over $102.3 million in disaster loans for 3,415 small businesses, homeowners, renters, and private nonprofit organizations with losses resulting from Hurricane Fiona.

In addition, FEMA’s Public Assistance funding to assist communities by reimbursing costs for emergency work and permanent repairs has topped more than $130 million. That amount includes over $121 million for emergency protective measures and more than $2.4 million for permanent work.

The National Flood Insurance Program has closed 121 claims totaling more than $3.5 million in payments. For those covered by flood insurance, insurance payments can help restore a home to its pre-disaster condition, provide for loss of personal property and speed up the recovery process.

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