Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico


Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico

The Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico —or Agencia Estatal de la Defensa Civil de Puerto Rico in Spanish— is an agency 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. 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 was created by Law 22 of June 23, 1976.

Organizational structure

The Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico is ascribed to the Commission of Security and Public Protection. It is composed of the following offices:

  • Administration areas
    • Division of Finance and Budget
    • Division of General Services
  • Division of Human Resources
    • Director's Office
    • Information and Press Office
  • Operational areas
    • Data and Information Unit
    • Division of Emergencies Preparation
    • Division of Field Operations (Zones)
    • Division of Risks Mitigation
    • Division of Training and Exercsises

Geographical structure

The Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico has a central office located in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico and 11 zones throughout the island located in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Carolina, Fajardo, Guayama, Gurabo, Humacao, Mayaguez, Orocovis, Ponce, and San Juan.

Programmatic structure

The Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico is composed of the following programs:))

Civil Defense State Agency of Puerto Rico



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