On Thursday November 2, President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced additional aid will be available to Puerto Rico and its citizens after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September. This means funds necessary for recovering and rebuilding will be available in a faster, more flexible way.
Additional assistance approved for Puerto Rico, including permanent work and increased federal cost cost share https://t.co/Z8mk4faNYU
— Eileen Lainez (@FEMAspox) November 3, 2017
The new plan has FEMA covering 90 percent of the costs it takes to rebuild public infrastructure. That’s up from the normal 75 percent. It will also provide third party advisers for big projects to help estimate costs and determine how the money is spent. From there, they can draw down from approved grants, simplifying the process of reimbursement.
“(t)he President has authorized assistance conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of federal tax dollars.”
Puerto Rico will also have access to grants normally used outside of disasters, in an effort to rebuild the power grid to be more resistant to hurricane damage in the future.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos