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FEMA SitRep for Puerto Rico and USVI: 10/12/17

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Hurricane Update – Caribbean Current Situation Life safety and life sustainment efforts in PR and USVI ongoing.

Passing showers possible for eastern PR and USVI.

Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for PR through this evening.

Impacts Population: • Shelters: 107 (-1) open with 5,602 (-140) occupants in PR; 5 open with 339 occupants in USVI •

Disaster Assistance Registrations: 370k in PR; 9k in USVI

Communications: • PR: 22% of cell towers operational; 64% of the Puerto Rico population live in areas where wireless coverage is available for voice and text messages • USVI: 45% of cell towers operational (St. Thomas: 50%; St. John: no cell sites operational; St. Croix: 48%); St. John being serviced by temporary Wi-Fi hot spots and personal MiFi devices

Power: • Restoration: PR: 10.6% have electricity; PREPA is reporting that the failure of tie line that caused the generation plant to go down October 10 has been repaired; USVI: 14.4% St. Thomas; 0% St. John; 12% St. Croix on power grid; 90% of the USVI to be restored by late December

Generators: PR: 70 installed; 135 available; 365 en route; USVI: 55 generators installed, 50 available; 39 en route

Health and Medical: • PR: 65 out of 67 hospitals open; 36 hospitals connected to power grid, 29 on generator power; USNS Comfort is en route to Arecibo and is subsequently scheduled to move to Aguadilla • USVI: USVI Department of Health (DOH) is without power; public health clinic co-located at the DOH is closed and vaccine supply located at the facility affected; ESF-8 working with DOH to assess damage to vaccine supply. St. Croix: Charles Harwood Hospital and Governor Juan Luis Hospital damaged; partially open; St. Thomas: Schneider Medical Center damaged; established mobile medical facility

FEMA Response • NRCC: Level I (day shift), Enhanced Watch (night shift) • National IMAT East-2: Deployed to PR • FEMA Region II & X IMATs: Deployed to USVI • FEMA Region III IMAT: Deployed to PR • MERS teams deployed to both USVI & PR


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