The U.S. Department of Education Approves Puerto Rico’s Request to use Immediate Aid to Restart School Operation Recovery Funds

(January 24, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. Department of Education approved Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE)’s request for an extension to use the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operation (Restart).  After Hurricanes Irma and María devastated the island in 2017, the already-challenging educational conditions in Puerto Rico were dramatically exacerbated. The BipartisanContinue reading “The U.S. Department of Education Approves Puerto Rico’s Request to use Immediate Aid to Restart School Operation Recovery Funds”

PRFAA Assists Natural Resources Committee Congressional Staff Delegation Visit to Puerto Rico as they meet with Local Officials to Discuss Disaster Recovery after Recent Earthquakes

(January 22, 2020 – Guánica, P.R.) On January 21-22, 2020, Members of a Congressional STAFF-DEL from the House Committee on Natural Resources joined by PRFAA visited a refugee camp in Puerto Rico and met with officials to discuss disaster recovery. The STAFF-DEL visited the Guánica camp located in the southwest of the island, where currentlyContinue reading “PRFAA Assists Natural Resources Committee Congressional Staff Delegation Visit to Puerto Rico as they meet with Local Officials to Discuss Disaster Recovery after Recent Earthquakes”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Approves $40 Million in Funding for Hospital Services Facilities in the island Municipality of Vieques in Puerto Rico

(January 21, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved nearly $40 million in funding to replace or restore critical hospital services facilities damaged by the 2017 Hurricanes. After Hurricanes Irma and María devastated the island in 2017, the only available hospital in the island municipality of Vieques suffered severe infrastructureContinue reading “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Approves $40 Million in Funding for Hospital Services Facilities in the island Municipality of Vieques in Puerto Rico”

Puerto Rico to be able to Begin Process to Access Disaster Aid

(January 17, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon allow Puerto Rico to access disaster aid funding for mitigation efforts after the agency released a statement will language is forthcoming in the Federal Register that outlines the requirements of how the money can be used for theContinue reading “Puerto Rico to be able to Begin Process to Access Disaster Aid”

Official Statement Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.

“Since December 28, 2019, Puerto Rico has been experiencing earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks that have caused significant damage on the island. These seismic events include at least seven earthquakes that were 5.0+ in magnitude, followed by multiple tremors. We continue to assess damages to homes, infrastructure, roads, and overall threats to health and safety.Continue reading “Official Statement Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.”

President of the United States signs Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for Puerto Rico

(January 8, 2020 – La Fortaleza, San Juan) Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced advised yesterday that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump signed last night the Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance (DFA per its English acronym) for Puerto Rico, an immediate and short-term measure that will allow the federal government to carryContinue reading “President of the United States signs Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for Puerto Rico”

Official Statement Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.

(January 7, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) “Today at 4:24 am, Puerto Rico experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake was widely felt on the island and we are continuing to address the damages to infrastructure, roads, and overall threats to health & safety. As officials on the island continue to assess damages, PRFAA is workingContinue reading “Official Statement Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.”