The impact from hurricanes Irma and María in 2017 overwhelmed Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, damaging or destroying power, water, health, communications and transportation systems.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery Associate Administrator Jeff Byard addresses DHS and FEMA’s ongoing efforts to assist with power restoration in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long addresses the historic disaster season of 2017, the lessons we’ve learned, and his plans for the future of FEMA.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery Assistant Administrator for Field Operations Mike Byrne addresses DHS and FEMA’s response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel addresses U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s efforts to assist with response and recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands following recent devastating events.
Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Puerto Rico to discuss Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Secretary Nielsen was joined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Secretaries Nielsen and Carson met with Governor Ricardo Rosselló, local mayors, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees.
While Nov. 30 marks the end of a historic hurricane season, FEMA and its partners continue to work diligently in support of disaster survivors recovering from the devastating season. Four hurricanes made landfall: Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate (the first three were classified as major hurricanes, which affected roughly 25.8 million people). Also during this season, nearly two dozen large wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of land in northern California.
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.
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.
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