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And as the island’s recovery process begins, communities across the United States are rallying to offer support to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican New Yorker says he was able to reach family sooner after Fiona
as Gothamist Alia Sundaram explainsafter Hurricane Maria,
Many islanders bought generators so they could charge their devices in case of future storms or periodic blackouts.
So while loved ones can get in touch more quickly, New Yorkers seek help from Puerto Rico as soon as possible. We are waiting to ship food and water until we can store them.
Maryland Firefighter Team Arrives in Puerto Rico to Help Fiona Respond
As WAMU’s Reported by Jenny Gaslight,
Called Maryland Task Force 1, the team is made up of firefighters and EMS personnel from Montgomery, Prince George, and Howard counties. About 35 task force members took part in the trip, according to Montgomery County officials.
Springfield, Massachusetts, has opened a welcome center for Puerto Ricans arriving after Hurricane Fiona.
as NEPM Elisabeth Roman reports:
welcome center [will be available] As with Hurricane Maria in 2017, we worked with families in need. At that time they helped about 600 families.
“When they come here, we want to be able to meet their needs,” said Rosa Espinoza, program director for the New North Citizen Council, which hosts the center.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called for a ‘full response’
the state is home One of the largest Puerto Rican communities in the mainland United StatesAs a Connecticut Citizen Camila Vallejo When Kay Perkins Senator Richard Blumenthal was quick to call for improvements in the way the United States responded, according to reports.
“The last time Puerto Rico experienced a natural disaster of this kind, our country failed.” [the Democrat] Said. “The thing to remember is that our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico deserve the same all-in, all-hands-on-deck response.”
Connecticut-based Americares said this week it would mobilize a San Juan-based team to deliver medicines and relief supplies.
South Florida Puerto Ricans want better response this time
After Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Puerto Rican Diaspora of South Florida won the praise To direct the transportation of relief supplies to the storm-ravaged island in private charter flights and shipping containers.” WLRN’s Tim Padgett reports..
Their aid often reached some of the worst-hit communities in Puerto Rico before aid from U.S. and Puerto Rican government-led efforts arrived.
Despite its success, community leaders like Miami’s Debbie Sosa tell WLRN they need to learn important lessons from 2017 and share how they are providing support today.
Chicago-area Puerto Rican community works to help islanders live life as climate change refugees
via of WBEZ Reset with Sasha Ann Simmons podcast
Jessie Fuentes, co-chair of the Puerto Rico Agenda in Chicago, told WBEZ’s Sasha-Ann Simons that Chicagoans are trying to help friends and family on the island live powerless lives. Because they are now climate refugees. ”
this story Originally ran on September 22, 2022 As part of a live coverage of recovery efforts after Hurricane Fiona.
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/24/1124702251/the-puerto-rican-diaspora-leverages-lessons-from-hurricane-maria-to-help-after-f How Puerto Rico’s Diaspora Is Providing Support After Hurricane Fiona : NPR