Puerto Rican Police Will Receive More Than $1.6 Million In Grants To Build Emergency Communications Systems

Date:Jun 02, 2020


Puerto Rico’s communications system for handling emergency incidents on the island and the police will benefit from a grant of over $1.6 million provided by the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

With the help of more than $906,000 in grants, the emergency communications systems in Guayania, Isabella, Jayua, Juana Dias, Mayagoz and Yuko will be strengthened. For example, the communications network tower of the Guayanilla Emergency Management Center will be replaced by nearly $330,000 of these funds and other maintenance projects. Similarly, approximately $54,000 will be used to repair various antennas, communication equipment and weather stations in Jayuya.

"Restoration on the island requires government agencies to ensure the safety of citizens. These funds for the Puerto Rican police and municipal authorities to strengthen the communication system are essential to continue to protect lives and protect property," Alex, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Said Amparo.

Of this week’s debts, Puerto Rico’s Public Building Authority has more than $392,000 in debt to improve police stations in Aguadia, Arecibo, Maya Gates and Ponce West. Similarly, USD 348,000 was approved for stations in the Mayagüez area, including Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Hormigueros, Las Marías, Maricao and Mayagüez. The center of the island will also benefit from it. The Orocovis Police Department has more than $8,000 in debt for roof and drainage system improvements.

"When it comes to public safety and emergencies, the police station is an essential part of the first line of defense. These obligations of the restoration project will enable them to improve facilities to provide services that ultimately benefit the entire community." Restoration, reconstruction and restoration Ottmar Chávez, executive director of the Li Central Office.