Donald Trump Declares An Emergency In Puerto Rico

Washington – President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration tonight for Puerto Rico, after this week's earthquakes, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced reported tonight.

A few minutes ago I received a call from the Deputy Administrator of @fema, Pete Gaynor (@FEMA_Pete) to notify me that the president @realDonaldTrump I had signed our Emergency Declaration request for Puerto Rico.

– Wanda Vázquez Garced (@wandavazquezg) January 8, 2020

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In a tweet, the governor said the interim administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pete Gaynor, told him that Trump signed the request he made to declare an emergency on the Island.

The details of the presidential statement are unknown.

The details of the emergency declaration will guide the type of response that the federal government will give to Puerto Rico, after earthquakes that have destroyed or damaged homes, a school in the municipality of Guánica and other structures in the south of the island.

Two FEMA teams for incident management were mobilized to Puerto Rico. In addition, the FEMA Response Operations Group in Washington, D.C. and the Regional Response Coordination Center in New York are activated.

In the case of damaged private homes, the possibility of federal assistance will depend on the type of emergency declaration issued by the president of the United States.

For example, it would have to include “individual assistance” and will depend on which municipalities are included in an emergency declaration.

The authorities have emphasized that the danger has not ended.


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