World Media

Puerto Rican Student Association aids Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Puerto Rican Student Association aids Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Hurricane Maria, striking only two weeks after Hurricane Irma, left the island prostrate.

Two dozen MA police officers boarded a plane to Puerto Rico Saturday evening, leaving the mainland to provide much-needed aid more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

The Port Authority team's deployment to Puerto Rico is part of the agency's efforts to assist those in need in Puerto Rico, an effort that also includes a donation drive for non-perishable goods, coordination of business donations to local charities and efforts to provide medical supplies and personnel to the island.

As of Friday, about 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, while the death toll has climbed to 36 since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20.

"We all have family members in Puerto Rico".

Santos and her daughters were volunteering their time Saturday to help the cause.

Santos says it's not an option for her and her girls not to help and many volunteers have similar feelings. The FDA said medicines and medical devices account for about 30 percent of Puerto Rico's gross domestic product, and about 80 percent of those products are used by residents of Puerto Rico and the 50 states.

A group collecting supplies for the people in Puerto Rico are asking for help from you. "We need to sort of transition from talking about triage and planning for some of the long-term needs both here in NY and in Puerto Rico".

ADVERTISEMENTWhile NAP is intended for people to purchase food in grocery stores and prepare it at home, USDA officials said they understood that could not happen yet due to the storm, as much of the island remains without electricity.

Medina says they plan to ship the donations collected towards the ends of the month.

"We want them to know our door is open and all of us at Eastern Florida are ready to help them anyway we can".