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Puerto Rico's aid is trapped in thousands of shipping containers

Puerto Rico's aid is trapped in thousands of shipping containers

The rest will be distributed through 2018 for reconstruction and economic recovery projects in Puerto Rico and to support resettlement efforts in MA. "The computer program isn't the commander in chief of the Massachusetts National Guard". They will depart from JFK Airport Friday.

The majority of the items are being transported to port in Key West, Florida on trucks supplied by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Once moored in Puerto Rico, the vessel will support recovery efforts by providing power, housing, food and water to first responders, thereby freeing up local hotel resources for displaced individuals. So why did giant containers of relief from the mainland USA not get picked up by delivery trucks for distribution?

The 100-year-old federal law was originally created to protect US interests by limiting shipping to American ports by foreign vessels, but critics say the Jones Act makes it twice as expensive to ship things from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico.

"With so many Americans hurting, that's not good enough", Warren said. It has not issued a similar waiver to support Puerto Rican relief efforts.

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The road to recovery could be a long journey for the island of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria's widespread devastation. JetBlue has already committed to $1 million as an in-kind contribution to transport the customers and cargo for relief efforts. The logistical chain in Puerto Rico isn't just broken, at this point it is virtually non-existent.

Baker said the request for assistance from Puerto Rico came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - the national emergency management mutual aid system that streamlines state-to-state disaster assistance. "The towns furthest from San Juan, and that includes the islands of Vieques and Culebra, are having problems because they have not had any help by the (Puerto Rican) government". The Port Authority team will be an entirely self-sufficient operation.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) sent 10 additional utility workers to Puerto Rico on Friday to help rebuild the island's power grid, which was completely shut down by Hurricane Maria last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.


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