Utahns band together to send relief to Puerto Rico

Sep 29, 2017, 00:24
Utahns band together to send relief to Puerto Rico

We're working to get Puerto Rico back online. Republicans and Democrats had urged Trump to waive the Jones Act.

The president is set to visit Puerto Rico next week.

The Jones Act requires that goods shipped between USA ports be carried by vessels built in the us, majority-owned by American firms and crewed by us citizens.

Critics are accusing the Trump administration of responding slowly to the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico, complaining that it did not take FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - nearly a week to arrive in Texas and Florida after punishing hurricanes there. Right now we have enough fuel.

Trump said he had ordered all relevant agencies and the military to do "everything in their power" to help residents of Puerto Rico. After the devastating quake in Haiti in January 2010, the US military sent ships, and the skies over Haiti seemed to be filled with heavy-lift helicopters and planes carrying emergency relief, though the scale of that disaster was far worse.

Most of the country remains without power, and many are without food, water and fuel. "We are trying to help my people because they need us", said Lisette Crespo, office manager at Renew Counseling.

"Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports, and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts", she said and later asked her followers and fans via a video for their aid. The officials declined to say when they would make a decision on the request, but said it is "unlikely" a decision would come on Wednesday. Hernandez complimented the hardworking airline employees for getting them home, but fighting to get on a flight was a two-day ordeal.

But a shortage of truckers and the island's devastated infrastructure are making it tough to move aid to where it's needed most.

Utahns are stepping in to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria by launching a donation drive.

"The emergency issue before us today is not money in the next 24 to 48 hours", Rubio said.

"It definitely does create some logistical challenges", Montano says. "I think this was one of people's greatest fears, that people would forget us".

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