San Juan - The Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) requested this Tuesday the US government to extend to nine other municipalities the Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico signed by President Donald J. Trump.
Following preliminary damage assessments after the January 7 earthquake, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Pete Gaynor was asked to grant individual assistance to Arecibo, Ciales, Hormigueros, Juana Diaz, Las Marias, Mayagüez, Morovis, Orocovis and Sabana Grande municipalities.
The Major Disaster Declaration due to the earthquakes is already providing individual assistance for Adjuntas, Cabo Rojo, Corozal, Guanica, Guayanilla, Jayuya, Lajas, Lares, Maricao, Peñuelas, Ponce, San German, San Sebastian, Utuado, Villalba and Yauco municipalities.
FEMA's Individual Assistance Program provides financial aid for those affected who have incurred expenses on account of the seismic sequences that began on December 28, 2019 and that have not had insurance coverage, so housing and other needs can be included.
COR3's Executive Director Ottmar Chavez requested the federal agency to broaden public assistance in categories C to G for the towns of Guanica, Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Ponce, San German and Yauco, in addition to the extension of a Major Disaster Declaration and subsidy in the categories from A to G for the municipalities of Adjuntas, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Lajas, Las Marias, Mayagüez, Sabana Grande and Utuado.
Chavez indicated that, during the development of inspections, big damages to infrastructure and property were identified, which will require not only emergency protection measures, but also permanent measures to prevent such debris.
We were able to verify that the needs identified, he explained, go beyond the capacities of the State and at the local level without additional federal assistance due to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, as well as the magnitude of the damage triggered by recent earthquakes.
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