Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief effort launched

In the wake of an unprecedented level of natural disasters, 3M is establishing a Global Relief Fund to strategically support communities now affected, and to position funds for future relief efforts.

Coryell County Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Young offered this in a news release Thursday morning: “Many residents in the area may have family members and friends located on the island of Puerto Rico and may not be able to make contact with them. And think about the future of Puerto Rico”.

Numerous volunteers that were with her also have not been able to talk with their families. “It’s really devastating and catastrophic – what I’m seeing on Facebook, which has been the medium of communication for folks from outside”.

“Now, it’s not the time”, she said.

“New Yorkers take care of one another and that spirit extends to this current catastrophe in Puerto Rico and other Hurricane-impacted areas”, said U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez. One person died in the US Virgin Islands, probably from drowning, authorities said.

Roofs were ripped off as 140mph (225km/h) winds battered Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan.

Quinones, 68, said his siblings live in Ponce. Finally the sun came out today and for the first time we can clearly see the aftermath’. “Any Puerto Rican around the world right now is just in extreme devastation because we can not communicate with our families”.

In Philadelphia, members of the Latino community banded together in order to offer whatever aid they could muster up for the people of Puerto Rico.

All young Mormon missionaries in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands are evacuating to the United States due to power outages and short supplies of food and water.

Quinones and his wife, Inez Maria Quinones, also have tried calling the American Red Cross, to no avail.

The island’s governor has called it the worst storm in a century. “I don’t know where she’s at”, Gonzalez.

Only 5 percent of wireless cell sites are in service, the island’s Federal Communications Commission said Saturday. FEMA has been providing lifesaving resources to the island, but people there could use any help they can get to try to rebuild their destroyed lives. But they can’t get them.

Concilio is also accepting donations for relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“We don’t not know how long we will be deployed”, Campbell said.

“Very scary, it’s so devastated what’s going on there right now”, Yvette Vega said.

“We’re trying to communicate to our families in the US”, Jose Flores, who traveled 17 miles to reach the tower, told CNN. I am kind of nervous. “I’m getting chills just thinking about it”.

ABC News

 

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