Wasn’t thought to be a territory of the United States by 40% if the us population.
Ironic given they (3.5 million) are dying right now.
The guy from FEMA who looked great as he tracked Irma to Texas is resembling the kid who didn’t remember to do his homework when called on by the teacher.
why is the response different? Why is that?
I feel sick in my stomach if I think about all those people for too long at one time
Guy who reports to me doesn’t have any way of talking to his mother.
I heard on the radio a lot of ham radio operators are heading to the island. They can setup to run on solar cells, batteries, generators, etc and can setup phone patches so they might be able to get through for him. He needs to find a local ham to try finding one located near his family in PR. This is what hams live for!
Nobody has forgotten PR. Many containers of relief supplies are there and have been there for days, sitting in the port. The roads and transportation system is destroyed. Trucks can’t move. The US military is on the ground clearing roads and working to get the supplies to the people.
Let’s not forget, PR is way the hell and gone out in the ocean. It’s not like a person can drive there.
Right and it’s not 1945. We have technology and collective intelligence. We could believe that nothing is possible, not aircraft carrier sent from Virginia enroute as the hurricane leaves.
Not supply drops
Not new tech
No you must believe that this is too big a problem to handle or prepare for
You must believe that the organization was prepared and deeply planning the Texas and Florida responses
So they are experts in one example and helpless In another? Makes perfect sense in 2017
I understand the frustration the people there are going through. You feel all alone & no one cares. It’s not the case. They should parachute supplies down if roads weren’t available. It’s hard being so far away & unable to do anything to help.
Similar to the earthquake in Mexico.
That’s it @Laurap you are make sense and allowing thoughts to permeate my brain that contradicts my preconceived notions, thoughts of selflessness and benevolence!!! How dare you that’s it I will threaten to leave the conversation for a more comfortable one!
Never forget about the human spirit.in times of disaster, our charge is to do whatever it takes to help one another. Harvey took my job, my fences and a lil bit of roof, Everyone below me on this hill stayed with us, including donkeys, chickens, duck, dogs & cats. I made some very good friends. We’ve all pitched in to fix our homes. Daily I go to work to help cleanup& rebuild. There are times people make me sick but in times of need the true human spirit kicks in & helps
I have been to PR, when I was in the service. It was/is a nice place, very nice people, and even though its a territory of the US, its like a third world nation. Its a poor place, not as poor as other places in that area, but not doing as well as the US in general. Distance does make a difference. I loved it the short time I was there. I would live there if I could. Not now since its been slammed by the hurricane of course. Extra people they dont need, except folks to help. If my health was better I would be doing my darndest to try to get there to help. That is what they need. Supplies and people. Food, tents, water, building supplies.
I used to be a ham operator. When I was in the military, I ran a ham radio station on post and did phone patches all the time for guys overseas and their families here in the states. Had to be set up ahead of time but it was always well worth it. Also worked several emergency situations, one was a bad flood, the other was a hurricane. Lived in a tent for 3 weeks working one flood. My radio and genny took up most of the room and then my cot. No walking room. I had the genny in there because it had to be covered and of course, vented it outside. I wish I could do it again for folks over in PR. Dont have the gear anymore and dont have the health, wish I could.
Unfortunately when someone gets shot in cold blood and you watch the dash cam video after the fact, it’s not as straightforward as a natural disaster and the education and resolution in those scenarios has to take a different form.
Don’t forget the union workers that are refusing to work until they get more money $$ there was a reason PR got turned down to be a state. America First. Get Mexico , Canada or even Venezuela to send aid. My father a retired vet lost his house in FL and won’t be begging for hand outs.
Don’t believe the anti-Trump hype. Anyone want to guess the difference between TX, FL and PR??? One is an island. One was also bankrupt with next to zero quality infrastructure prior to the storms. It was also hit by TWO. And even though supplies started arriving shortly after each storm, they have to be somehow gotten to the people that need them - with flooding, crappy roads, etc.
For all the pontificators on here, how many have actually been there? Raise your hands
Love the input thank you everyone.
What you are saying does make sense. What I find mind boggling is the premeditated preparation on the news for Texas and Florida. I mean I got personal with FEMA operatives and learned their strategies. What was surprising is (although there was advanced warning) I saw none of that with Maria.
Not bragging no aboutbhow elk coordinated they are, no advanc d sincere warnings to the people of PR, nothing. As I said in my initial post the FEMA director looked very different from one catastrophe to another.
Did they not know the hurricane was coming?
That’s hard to swallow
A small example of why PR s different. Few if any of those “beautiful historic” buildings had electric wiring that would pass us codes; fuse boxes hanging on for dear life, etc. In short, while they are a protectorate (or whatever), they are not America. TX and FL were comparatively magnificent when it comes to power, roads, rail, bridges, transportation of goods,sewage, fresh water, etc. All things that were back up and running (if reparable) starting as soon as the water receded.
REALLY? WTF??? They were hit by 2 hurricanes, both of which they had advanced warning of. I have friends in the Coast Guard still, some in PR and one in the USVI. Everyone knew.