Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced May 31, the allocation of $277.5 million in Emergency Relief funding for public transportation systems damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Approximately $232.3 million will be dedicated to response, recovery and rebuilding projects, with $44.2 million going toward resiliency projects.

Six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remains committed to safely and urgently restoring reliable power and returning normalcy to the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. USACE works as part of the unified command group along with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the island's restoration coordinator.

When disaster strikes, the construction industry is notorious for pulling together and helping communities get back on their feet. Among hurricanes, floods and wildfires alone, 2017 saw more than its share of natural disasters. But after each one, industry leaders jumped in, first to demolish the damage, and then to rebuild, helping to make the affected areas even stronger than before.

Orlando, Fla. (AP) Dec. 11 marked three months since Hurricane Irma blew into Central Florida on Sept. 11 with gusty winds that toppled trees and shook loose several million cubic yards of branches and limbs. The Orlando Sentinel reported that taxpayer-funded cleanup, hampered initially by a shortage of emergency debris-removal crews, is nearly done.

Fluor Corporation announced Nov. 21 the arrival of more than 400 pieces of essential construction and specialty equipment at a shipping terminal in Puerto Rico in support of its ongoing work restoring power there. The equipment, arriving on the USNS Brittin, augments equipment Fluor already has on the ground.

Gov. Ricardo Rosello is asking President Trump and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports. That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he submitted Nov.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resumed normal enforcement throughout most of Florida and Georgia. The agency had ceased most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Irma. In the hurricane's aftermath, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers involved in the clean-up and recovery operations.

When disasters occur, it's not just ordinary citizens that feel compelled to give. It's important to remember that companies are made up of good people who are willing to help not just their friends and neighbors, but those in distress hundreds of miles away.

Habitat for Humanity is commencing the long-term phase of its Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative, pledging to help more than 6,000 families across regions impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The nonprofit housing leader is seeking to raise $100 million to support the repair, rebuilding and new construction of homes to assist low- and moderate-income families in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Summit Supply, LLC of Asbury, NJ has donated $25,000 to Rapid Relief Team (RRT), a global organization that provided catering services and support to those directly impacted by these recent disasters, as well as direct assistance to first responders and volunteers.

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) is gearing up to help prepare the local workforce for reconstruction in Texas and Florida following the recent hurricanes. Norbord Inc.'s donation of $1 million to HBI will help train individuals in the building industry to rebuild in communities that were hard-hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.