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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York

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Donovan to Visit Puerto Rico, Review Disaster Response

October 20, 2017
Press Release
Donovan chairs House subcommittee with jurisdiction over FEMA, emergency response

Staten Island, NY – October 20, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) will travel to Puerto Rico on Saturday, October 21 to review the response to Hurricane Maria. Donovan will be joined by several other Members of Congress on a bipartisan delegation to the storm-ravaged island. Attendees will travel on a military aircraft and receive briefings from military leaders, the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Congressman Donovan said, “The response to Hurricane Maria has been enormously challenging and complex. Puerto Rico was in need of infrastructure improvements before the storm, and a direct hit from a major hurricane destroyed or severely damaged critical services. As the representative for a community that itself sustained serious damage after Superstorm Sandy, I look forward to reviewing the response first-hand.”

FEMA and other agencies are undertaking one of the largest response and recovery efforts in history, with projections showing housing needs three times that of Houston following Hurricane Harvey. More than 15,000 federal and military personnel are currently on the ground in Puerto Rico. The 249th Engineer Battalion is in the process of executing the largest temporary power mission ever on U.S. soil. The Army Corps of Engineers has ordered 50,000 utility poles and 6,500 miles of cable for power transmission and distribution. More than 640,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, and officials estimate there is enough debris to fill seven Yankee stadiums.

Additional information regarding Hurricane Maria is available in English and Spanish at:

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