Gov. Baker: National Guard unit heading to Puerto Rico

Gov. Baker: National Guard unit heading to Puerto Rico

I urge you, as commander-in-chief, to make DOD the lead agency in the ground phase of recovery efforts.

State and local officials on Friday announced the creation of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund. There are truck drivers.

On top of that, a diesel fuel shortage and a tangle of blocked roads mean the distribution of supplies is extremely challenging.

Every day, every hour, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico grows worse.

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NY state is sending more help to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. "They are being told to call a particular number but that number is not working", Del Valle told The Daily Caller Friday. So why did giant containers of relief from the mainland USA not get picked up by delivery trucks for distribution? The Jones Act requires that goods shipped between American ports to be carried out exclusively by ships built primarily in the United States, and to have US citizens as its owners and crews. Funds and in kind contributions are being solicited from the business community, with a minimum donation of $10,000.

New York's ties to the USA island territory are strong: NY state has the nation's biggest Puerto Rican community outside the island itself. The partnership will: Identify teams of health care professionals, including bilingual professionals, to deploy to Puerto Rico; Provide logistical support to assist in obtaining and delivering medicine and medical supplies; Develop sister relationships between health care facilities in NY and those in Puerto Rico to provide comprehensive support during the long term recovery of Puerto Rico's health care system.

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. There is no clear command, control, and communication between local officials on the ground and federal agencies, and many roads and bridges remained unpassable, making it even more hard for fix crews to restore power and communications to areas of the island outside of San Juan. The Port Authority team will be an entirely self-sufficient operation.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has organized an aid package including 34,000 bottles of water, more than 10,000 meals ready to eat, 1,400 cots, and four Black Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters.

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