Gov. Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico and President Joe Biden talked on Monday about the federal government’s assistance after this weekend’s tragic Hurricane Fiona.
The White House claims that Biden discussed his administration’s support for Puerto Rico’s emergency and recovery efforts in the wake of Fiona.
Which is believed to have killed at least one person in Puerto Rico and one person in the French territory of Guadeloupe while speaking with Pierluisi on the phone from Air Force One as he was returning from the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.
A prominent local energy firm estimated that it would take days to restore electricity to the whole island of Puerto Rico due to the storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, Deanne Criswell, will visit San Juan on Tuesday.
They see to meet with local, state, and impacted individuals to evaluate urgent requirements, according to the White House, which claims Biden informed Pierluisi of this.
The president spoke about “the rush of Federal help to the island, where more than 300 Federal employees are already working to assist with response and recovery,” according to the White House.
Biden insisted he would ensure federal employees stay on the job to get it done, the White House said, as Puerto Rico was still recovering from Hurricane Maria’s effects almost five years ago.
At the time, then-President Donald Trump was under fire for the federal government’s response to the disaster.
The Government Accountability Office claims that FEMA’s assistance to Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria was the most extensive in the agency’s history.
FEMA has pledged $12 billion as of April 2018 for response and recovery.