Amid the recent atmospheric disturbances, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with the Puerto Rico Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, approved over $ 16 million in additional grants for repairs after Hurricane Maria.
The funds allocated correspond to the week of July 24 to 30 and represent 88 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico.
Among the awards for the week were: They find about $ 115,000 to the municipality of Fajardo for the replacement of asphalt and the replacement of the concrete gutter on multiple highways that give access to about 450 people. Some of these repairs will be carried out on Calle C in the Vista Hermosa sector, the Reyito Rivera road in the Paraíso sector and Calle Igualdad in Barrio Quebrada, among other roads.
The allocation of over $ 90,000 to the municipality of Yabucoa for the Office of Women's Affairs. Said entity watches over the development and application of the legal, social and economic equality of women and the strengthening of the family as the basic and main institution of the country.
Similarly, projects are contemplated for the rest of the Island This includes an obligation of around $ 14,000 for the municipality of Jayuya. The funds are intended to repair the Municipal Emergency Management building, which represents some 16,000 residents of the agency's zone 7.
Part of the obligated funds will be used to prevent future damage by implementing mitigation measures. In Fajardo, around $ 40,000 will be used to install a concrete curb and gutter as well as to stabilize the ground through the use of geotextiles, among other improvements to reinforce the different roads. On the other hand, in Yabucoa about $ 14,000 will be used for the installation of an anchoring system for the air conditioning units and the application of a treatment for the ceiling. Meanwhile, in Jayuya around $ 5,000 was allocated to add a second membrane to waterproof the roof edges and place additional anchors for the air conditioners.
The most recent approved grants are broken down as follows:
- About $ 7.5 million for repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
- Over $ 2.9 million for repairs to public buildings and equipment.
- Over $ 2.7 million for repairs to roads and bridges.
- Over $ 1 million for emergency protection measures.  Over $ 843,000 for administrative expenses of municipalities and government agencies.
- Over $ 809,000 for debris removal.
- Over $ 142,000 for public service repairs.
FEMA works with COR3 through the Public Assistance program of the federal agency tasked with forcing recovery funds to private non-profit organizations, municipalities and agencies of the Government of Puerto Rico for expenses related to Hurricanes Irma and María. To date, over $ 7 billion has been awarded to Puerto Rico as part of FEMA's Public Assistance program.