Walsh, Baker Establish Fund To Help Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico

Walsh, Baker Establish Fund To Help Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico”

The Republican governor on Thursday also listed a variety of personnel and supplies the state is prepared to make available to the USA territory, if requested by federal agencies coordinating relief efforts for the island.

Hurricane Maria began tearing across the island early in the morning of September 20 as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour. At least 16 people were killed.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a new fund that will help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

Legislation like the Jones Act, that is restricting the delivery of essential cargo from foreign countries to the island and has inflated the cost of goods on the island since its inception, needs to be immediately repealed.

"The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to meeting the needs of disaster survivors who seek temporary or permanent residence in MA by providing financial, housing, health care, jobs, and reunification services, as necessary".

A host of state personnel and resources are available to be deployed to Puerto Rico, the administration said, including shelter supplies, animal rescue teams, building and road inspectors, police officers, water rescue teams, mobile command centers, public health inspectors, dive teams, public information officers, environmental assessment teams and disaster mental health services.

Aides to the Massachusetts Republican say Baker wanted to express to Gov. Ricardo Rossello "his heartfelt condolences for the devastating damage and tragedy in Puerto Rico". "We stand 100 percent ready to send help to Puerto Rico, including personnel and equipment and will remain in constant communication with Puerto Rican officials as well as the federal authorities managing recovery efforts".

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