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FEMA and Puerto Rican government provide funds to mitigate risks

FEMA's meeting gave details information regarding HMGP procedures
FEMA provides funds to reimburse
non-profit organizations

FEMA officials and GAR staff held meeting related to FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grants Program.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and Puerto Rico Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) staff held an Applicants’ Briefing meeting related to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grants Program (HMGP) for the 10 designated municipalities, state agencies and some private non-profit organizations. The meeting was held on Friday, August 13, 2010, at 10:00 am, at the Puerto Rico State Emergency Management Agency facilities.

“We are reaching local governments and non-profit organizations to make sure they know how to apply for this assistance,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez. “With this meeting they will know all the requirements to submit proposals for hazard mitigation projects in the Island.”

In the Applicants’ Briefing meeting, FEMA will provide detailed information regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program procedures. Through this program, FEMA provides funds to reimburse local, state and some private non-profit organizations for the eligible projects to implement hazard mitigation measures. FEMA will reimburse up to 75% of the costs.

On June 24, 2010, President Obama granted federal assistance under the Public Assistance for ten municipalities, and under the HMGP for all municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

While governments prepare for disasters, FEMA encourages individuals, families and businesses to be proactive and get ready for any hazards in their communities; have an emergency kit and plan, and get flood insurance if they are located in a flood prone area.

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