Hurricane relief efforts are still underway in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the territories were ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September. As of October 30, over 15,000 federal civilian and military personnel are on location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars for survivor assistance, emergency work, and debris removal.
Joint Base Charleston has become an installation support base, acting as the central hub for disaster relief supplies FEMA uses to aid Puerto Rico. From Joint Base Charleston, supplies are distributed by sea or air.
Department of Defense personnel are also working with local authorities to restore needed communications and electricity in the area. Less than 30% of customers in San Juan, Puerto Rico have electricity, and 31% of customers in St. Thomas and 3% of customers in St. Croix have electricity.
Improvements are also being made in distributing needed goods, clearing roads, and reopening sea ports, airports, and hospitals.
For more information on the response to Hurricane Maria, please follow the links below.
Hurricane Maria, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Joint, interagency partners establish ISB for hurricane relief efforts, Joint Base Charleston
FEMA Approves More Than $500 Million in Assistance to Puerto Rico, Department of Homeland Security