Puerto Rico Governor Updates Pence on Recovery Efforts

Posted October 09, 2017

One by one, cars are pulling into the parking lot filled with food and supplies for the people of Puerto Rico.

Almost 10 percent of the medicines used by Americans, plus numerous medical devices, are made in Puerto Rico, which lost most electricity when it was hit hard by Hurricane Maria about two weeks ago.

After 17 days, over 85 percent of Puerto Ricans still have no electricity and drinking water is hard to find.

The goal is to ship the goods down to Puerto Rico in the next few weeks.

Traditional Hispanic foods reminded many Florida State Seminoles of home. They're taking supplies and bringing tools to jump in and help rebuild the island after Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico after pounding the island as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour on September 20.

"They are the ones [helping] down there, so they know what is needed. If we can help, we're going to help them", added Lt.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this crisis has left less than ten percent of the Puerto Rican population with power, only 55 percent with access to drinking water and over eighty percent of cell towers out of service. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings and it's our job to help".

"We're keeping a close watch on the most critical medical products", Gottlieb said. She believes she can to do her part by volunteering her time in events such as the Global Café. "We are here for the long haul to make sure the island not only recovers but prospers". For more information, visit the Volunteer Ministers website.