GUAYNABO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated over $ 238 million to the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for costs related to 28 rapid response units that supply electricity to critical facilities, until Costa Sur units are back in service.
The units, which typically only work when there is a high demand for electricity, were used after the earthquakes in order to save lives and prevent further damage to property. These generating systems are used to power critical facilities such as hospitals, police departments, fire stations, emergency centers, and water facilities.
“This assignment addresses the need to maintain electricity generation capacity for the benefit of thousands of residents who have these essential services in their towns. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Puerto Rico to ensure that the recovery from the earthquakes is successful, ”José Baquero Tirado, the federal disaster recovery coordinator for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, said in written statements on Tuesday. .
Protective measures in emergencies like these are actions that are taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to either lives, public health or safety. Likewise, these efforts help reduce significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.
“We appreciate FEMA’s continued support in providing the resources necessary to mitigate damage and support critical facilities. We continue to work together to rebuild PREPA’s infrastructure not only to offer essential electricity services, but also to save lives, strengthen public health and provide quality of life, ”added the executive director of the Central Recovery Office, Reconstruction and Resilience, Ottmar Chávez.
Costa Sur is the largest of the four power plants on the island and supplies about a quarter of the electrical energy in all of Puerto Rico. The facilities suffered extensive structural damage from earthquakes in January, compromising foundations, walls and supporting structures. The damage caused blackouts across the island, leaving more than 327,000 subscribers without power.
The 28 rapid response units currently in use are located in Aguirre, Cambalache, Daguao, Jobos, Mayagüez, Palo Seco, Vega Baja and Yabucoa.
To date, FEMA has allocated over $ 240 million for earthquake-related costs. FEMA works with COR3 through the agency’s Public Assistance program to obligate recovery funds to private non-profit organizations, municipalities, and agencies of the Government of Puerto Rico.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to eligible government organizations and certain private non-profit organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures to save lives, and repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities.
To learn more about Puerto Rico’s recovery from earthquakes, visit fema.gov/es/disaster/4473.