Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management

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Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management
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Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • State Agency of the Civil Defense
Key document
  • Act No. 211 of 1999 (PDF).
Websitehttp://www.agencias.pr.gov/agencias/aemead/Pages/Home.aspx

The Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster ManagementSpanish: Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (AEMEAD)— is the agency of the executive branch of the government of Puerto Rico that oversees all emergency activities that occur in Puerto Rico. Its mission its to coordinate all the resources of the government of Puerto Rico in order to administer all the phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparation, recovery, and response) in the case of a natural or technological disaster while preventing and minimizing all damage to life and property.[1][2] It also coordinates similar functions with the federal government of the United States and foreign countries, as well as offering help to and cooperating with the private sector.

The agency coordinates tsunami exercises with ham radio operators.[3]

Abner Gomez was the agency's managing director when Hurricane Maria hit and knocked out power to the entire island,[4] but resigned soon after.[5][6]

The agency was previously known as the State Agency of the Civil Defense (Spanish: Agencia Estatal de la Defensa Civil) until Act number 211 derogated the Civil Defense organic law and instituted AEMEAD instead.[7][1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres" (in Spanish). Government of Puerto Rico.
  2. ^ "Situación en PR-155 de Morovis "no es tan fácil como sacar una piedra"". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). 28 March 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.eham.net/articles/39111
  4. ^ "Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power". Yahoo. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ Padgett, Tim. "Puerto Rico Disaster Chief Resigns – Throwing Island Recovery Into Further Turmoil". WLRN. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ Rico, Press Release: Governor of Puerto. "Governor of Puerto Rico asks Pres. Trump to declare state of emergency". WTVY. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management Act". Act No. 211 of 1999 (PDF) (in Spanish).