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FEMA: Puerto Rico focused on disaster relief

MIAMI – the head of The U.S. government’s disaster response agency says Puerto Rico is the building emergency management capabilities to help the Caribbean island to withstand future disasters.

Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke Wednesday at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, two days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins. He said FEMA is the strengthening of resources in the AMERICAN territory, the hiring of approximately 1,600 residents to build local disaster response systems that did not exist before the Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Long said Puerto Rico, proved to be a challenge for FEMA, because the government is not the response capabilities of the states, such as Florida and Texas.

At the hurricane center, Long meeting with FEMA staff, forecasters, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Nielsen said hurricane preparedness starts with individuals and their local communities.

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