The latest in the debate over the safety of Hurricane Maria equipment is now in the hands of the U.S. government.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a statement saying the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for ensuring that the equipment and services are being delivered to each and every home in the United States, and that they are safe and reliable.
DHS said the safety equipment is being supplied to every state, local and tribal government, and the military.
The agency also noted that the company that supplies the equipment is in the process of obtaining government-issued equipment certificates, but has not yet completed the process.
FEMA said it will issue certificates as it receives new information.DHS said the equipment was provided to the military and is being used to protect the country from future hurricanes, but that the DHS is providing them to the states.
It said DHS and the U-S Department of Justice (USDOJ) are in the initial stages of coordinating the safety and security of the equipment.
FEMA has been working with state and local governments and emergency management agencies to secure the equipment for deployment.DHH said the department is committed to ensuring that it is providing the safest, most reliable, and cost-effective products possible.
It added that all state and federal government entities involved in the certification process have taken steps to ensure that the certificates are up-to-date.FEMA is now issuing safety equipment certificates to all states, local government entities, and military personnel, the statement said.DHA is working with the U and DHS to ensure the certification procedures are compliant with federal regulations and to ensure a smooth transition of the certificates to the public, FEMA said.
Federal officials said the new certificate system was announced as the Department worked to protect homes from future Hurricane Maria, and to prepare for the next hurricane.
Officials have said that they were expecting to receive certificates for the equipment in the next 24 hours, but the announcement could change in the coming days.
Agency spokeswoman Kelly Hickey told ABC News that DHS is working to ensure those certificates are in place as quickly as possible, and are expected to be issued within a week.