Florida Hospital collects donations for Puerto Rico relief efforts

by Steven Clarke October 12, 2017, 0:11
Florida Hospital collects donations for Puerto Rico relief efforts

Several weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island is still dealing with the aftermath. However, I am happy to say when I raised that question, the DHS and FEMA folks said, 'look, here's what we're doing.

They could stay for as long as two months, military officials said.

The island had been struggling economically since former President Clinton signed a tax reform law in 1996 that closed a loophole giving tax incentives for US businesses to establish subsidiaries in Puerto Rico. Once the aid arrives on the island, Alicea said they are working with a local organization to distribute the supplies. Wired reports that eight regional wireless carriers in Puerto Rico have approved of the arrangement, so it looks like plans are off to a good start.

Some 700,000 children are suffering from the effects of Maria in Puerto Rico after the hurricane devastated the island on September 20, according to Save the Children.

The waiver has meant that Puerto Rico has been able to import food, fuel and supplies more quickly, and for half the costs, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Next weekend the organizations will also be taking non perishable donations like water, batteries, and flashlights to send to those in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has requested that Congress allocate $4.6 billion "to meet the immediate emergency needs" of the hurricane-ravaged island and to help soften the blow to its economy.

Medina helped organize North Carolina for Puerto Rico.

With another hurricane, Nate, having hit the Gulf Coast early today - the fourth to make landfall in the US this hurricane season - the FEMA chief told Raddatz that the emergency management agency is stretched thin.

Trump visited the island Tuesday to tour the federal disaster response to this year's deadly hurricane season.

"In regards to resources, of course we're strained", Long said.

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