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.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen spoke with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill regarding the details of the attempted terrorist attack in New York City. Secretary Nielsen released the following statement on the Department’s role in coordinating a federal response to terror-related incidents.
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.
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
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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $500 million for survivor assistance, emergency work, and debris removal following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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.
FEMA and the full force of the federal government continue to make progress towards recovery, working hand-in-hand with U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico officials, municipalities, businesses, and voluntary agencies on the islands since Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Sept. 6 and Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Sept. 19.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow to discuss ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.