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Written testimony of USCG Commandant for a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard hearing titled “Coast Guard Readiness: How Far Can We Stretch Our Nation’s Only Multi-Mission, Military F

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft addresses the unique blend of authorities, capabilities, capacities, and partnerships that position the Coast Guard well for success during maritime search and rescue events and natural disasters.

Hurricane Maria Update

One and a half months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico nearing category 5 strength, the government of Puerto Rico, FEMA and its federal partners have been making progress in one of the nation’s most logistically complex responses in history.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Visits Puerto Rico

Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Deputy Administrator of FEMA Daniel Kaniewski traveled to Puerto Rico to discuss Hurricane Maria recovery efforts with Federal Coordinating Official Mike Byrne and his senior leadership team. The meetings included briefings from FEMA officials and the U.S. Department of Defense, including U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Expedited FEMA Funding Supports Recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided more than $41 million in expedited funding to support efforts by the Virgin Islands government to clean up storm-related debris, restore power, and protect residents during and after hurricanes Irma and Maria

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke

Hurricane Thank You

This year’s hurricane season has tested our nation.  It has tested the endurance of our first responders.  It has tested the capacity of government at all levels to respond.  It has tested the faith of survivors who have lost everything.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Visits Puerto Rico

Acting Secretary Elaine Duke today made her third visit to Puerto Rico to meet with local officials and assess the status of ongoing response efforts. She met with the mayors of Ponce, Guayanilla and Santa Isabelto discuss how the federal government can best support the immediate needs of the people of Puerto Rico. Acting Secretary Duke also spoke by phone with Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

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