Skip to comments.Factbox: Relief Efforts Underway In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
Posted on 10/01/2017 9:34:07 AM PDT by artichokegrower
Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory of 3.4 million people, struggled through a tenth day with virtually no electricity, patchy communications and shortages of fuel, clean water and other essentials in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit the island in nearly 90 years.
The storm struck on Sept. 20 with lethal, roof-ripping force and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and heavily damaged homes, roads and other infrastructure.
These are the resources deployed by the United States to Puerto Rico as of Friday
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Beats California during the 1970s' oil embargo.
Not many preppers in PR.
Arrest the shitbag mayor for obstructing the aid effort.
Arrest any teamster who refuses to transport materials for obstructing the aid effort.
Federalize state resources in support of the aid effort.
Shove it up their asses, make it hurt, prosecute to the maximum.
This is not the first nor will it be the last time that a major hurricane or typhoon has hit a US territory with extreme devastation.
And it isn’t the first time that the island leadership has been considerably opposed to the federal administration. Nor is it the first time that local administrations have attempted to turn the disaster to their political advantage.
It is the first time that mainstream media has given credence to these naked attempts to make political hay out of a disaster by island officials. Any previous time that this has been attempted, mainstream media asks the most obvious question: why weren’t you prepared? You knew these storms would happen, why didn’t you protect your citizens with a comprehensive disaster plan that took into account assumed risks?
How many people will be significantly harmed by the media letting politics drive stories this time?
CNN had a long segment showing a reporter going to a medicine distribution point, gathering requested medications, then delivering the medicine to a local hospital. No questions as to why no one at the hospital did this, even though you can see a considerable number of employees standing around.
The reporter ended with ‘the ungainly federal response has caused a total breakdown in the distribution system.’ Really? You passed a UPS truck, a USPS truck on your journey to deliver those ‘badly needed supplies.’ You showed us a military built tent hospital next to a damaged hospital, you passed dozens of taxis...
As distasteful some may find it is to goad people who have suffered such a disaster, the expectation that the federal government will roll in and fix everything is one that can only come from media liars; any rational people knows that this doesn’t happen. Stop being lazy, fix your problems, get in a car and go get the medicines needed. Guess self reliance would be a horrible news story, wouldn’t it?
I agree, holding the corrupt accountable is extremely important during catastrophes like this.
No need the Government will take care of them.
You would think if you lived on an island in hurricane ally peeps would be ready 365 but nope.
Shows ya how stupid they are.
They had two MOAB hurricanes within a week. Structures impaired by the first storm, fell apart when the second hit.
Where was the whining media after Irma? Many of us in Florida were without power for a full week. Trumps fault right?? sheesh
Puerto Rico should declare its independence, so it can fix its own problems without waiting on Washington.
You can’t get the facts from the MSM. They hate Trump so everything they report is reported to hurt Trump, not present the facts.
It is not like there is an Interstate highway across to Puerto Rico from the mainland, like there is between the rest the United States and both Texas and Florida. Everything in Puerto Rico comes in by A) air; or B) cargo ship. Docking facilities and open airstrips are a vital necessity in that instance, there can be no shortcuts.
The first thing absolutely essential MUST be done, is to make sure ships can dock and aircraft can land. And I believe almost all the early efforts were directed at opening this vital link. After that, it was a matter of motivating those in charge of the local distribution channels to make timely deliveries to the best of their ability.
If that means there an awful lot of chainsaws going, and local law enforcement directing and aiding the flow of traffic into and out of the worst zones, and the other cleanup people are on the job, giving due diligence to the task at hand, that is how to climb out of the hole, one advance at a time.
Just hand out drugs to anyone that wants them.
What could go wrong??
You stated: “It is not like there is an Interstate highway across to Puerto Rico from the mainland....”
I ask you “WHY there isn’t?” Let’s face it, it is only because the Republicans under Trump and Bush did not want it built and their obstructionist and anti-Latino biases toward Puerto Ricans that the kept the Clinton and Obama administration’s efforts to build it!!
(the above said with my SARCASM throttle wide open.)
You would think living in Hurricane alley one would keep a two-three week stock of food and water on hand in hurricane season.
Latest update from FEMA as of 9/302017 at 20:53
Urban Search and Rescue teams, working alongside local law enforcement, covered 100 percent of Puerto Rico and rescued 843 individuals.
Power was restored to 59 hospitals in Puerto Rico these hospitals are operationally able to care for the patients they have or are receiving new patients. Efforts to restore the power grid on the island are on-going among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.
Drinking water is being restored; 45 percent of customers now have potable water following testing by the Environmental Protection Agency and local officials.
Stores are opening with more than 60 percent of gas stations operating and providing fuel, and 49 percent of grocery and big box stores on the island now open.
Commodities, such as food and water, are being delivered and distributed daily to the municipality leadership.
The U.S. Coast Guard continues to assess ports, with 70 percent of ports open and conducting operations.
Efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration, along with the Department of Defense, enabled the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) to accommodate daily commercial flights.
Work to clear debris continues; so far11 highways are cleared of debris and open.
There are now over 4,000 National Guard members on the ground, from 21 states and territories across the nation.
Puerto Rico governor: More needed, but feds have helped
Updated 3:07 PM ET, Sun October 1, 2017
On a national scale, it’s time for Trump to step away from his political advisors and fire Sessions. It’s time to begin investigating and prosecuting the criminal dirtbags in the last administration right up to the hildebeeste herself.
Jail her was not just a slogan for those of us who voted for Trump, it was a battle cry for justice denied and taking down the criminal ruling class on both sides.
I would like to see all those things happen as soon as possible.
The most important reason we voted for Trump was we saw he had the right attitude. Meaning we trusted him. I haven’t lost any of this trust. My view is Trump knows things we don’t know, and these things give him good reason to stay the course he’s on.
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