The Federal Emergency Administration Company has agreed to proceed distributing important merchandise to Puerto Ricans a day after the group introduced it will withdraw support from the embattled island.
“FEMA and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are usually not stopping the supply of commodities after Hurricane Maria. FEMA and the Commonwealth will proceed to offer commodities to voluntary organizations and native officers who nonetheless have a necessity,” learn a FEMA assertion issued Wednesday.
“There is no such thing as a determination to cease distribution of commodities. As progress continues from response to restoration throughout the island, we’ll proceed to help the wants of survivors supporting the federal government of Puerto Rico,” the assertion continued.
The Puerto Rican authorities mentioned it had reached an settlement below which FEMA agreed to stay chargeable for distributing support.
FEMA introduced Tuesday that it will finish its efforts to assist the U.S. territory recuperate, and switch remaining provides over to the Puerto Rican authorities for distribution starting Jan. 31.
Puerto Rican authorities officers say they have been blindsided by the announcement.
“We instantly established communication with FEMA’s operations coordinator for Puerto Rico, Mike Byrne, to make clear the scenario. After the dialog, each groups agree that at no time has it been agreed to start with the switch of FEMA tasks to the Authorities of Puerto Rico as a part of the transition course of from the response part to the restoration part,” the Official State Coordinator mentioned in a press release Wednesday.
So far, greater than $1.6 billion in meals and greater than $361 billion in water has been offered to survivors of the storm.