Val Demings leads a Congressional trip to oversee FEMA post-hurricane assistance in Puerto Rico

After leading a call for full coverage of post-hurricane relief costs, the United States Democratic Rep. Val Demings She leads a trip to Puerto Rico, where she and other members of Congress will oversee FEMA efforts.

Demings’ office announced the trip on Friday, a day after the Puerto Rican governor’s visit. Called Pedro Pierluisi Demings “to see firsthand the devastating impact” of Hurricane Fiona, which They tore up the island on Monday.

In the days that followed, Demings called the president Joe Biden To call for declaring a major catastrophe, Which he did on Thursdayand FEMA to start a 100% share of the cost of emergency aid – move others in Congress I asked too.

“The health and safety of the American people is my number one priority,” Demings said in a statement. “It is important to hear directly from Puerto Rican communities and first responders on the ground so that we can assess Puerto Rico’s needs and FEMA’s response. We know this storm is yet another blow on top of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria – a recovery that has taken so long.”

We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. The people of Puerto Rico deserve the best we can give, and I expect to see a very high level of professionalism, interest, urgency and efficient work from FEMA and other partners on the ground. We must make families and communities integrated. Five years after Hurricane Maria, I am committed to making sure Puerto Rico has everything it needs to rebuild.”

eight people His death is confirmed As a result of Hurricane Fiona, which bombed Winds at 85 miles per hourHeavy rain and flooding on the island as a Category 1 hurricane. Estimated 928,000 families are still without electricity.

The storm is now heading toward Bermuda and has strengthened to a Category 4, as was Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, killing nearly 3,000 people and displacing more than 200,000 others and leaving residents No electricity for about a year.

Demings oversees FEMA’s work as chair of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery in partnership with the Democratic Representative of the United States. Benny Thompson Mississippi, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Joining her on the trip are members of the Homeland Security Committee Nanette Barajan California , Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas and Richie Torres New York.

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