HHS students help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico


Photo Courtesy of People Magazine

Category 3 hurricane hits Puerto Rico.

Kayla Alkalay, Reporter

  The devastating Hurricane Maria that hit in early October left millions with absolutely nothing, having citizens belongings lost in the flooded streets of Puerto Rico. Labelled as a category 5 hurricane with the highest of 160 mph winds struck through the Dominican Republic, especially affecting Puerto Rico.

  With the many news reports leading up to the Hurricane, the struggling people of Puerto Rico could not nearly prepare for the storm coming straight ahead. Medical supplies, drinking water and bucket trucks are still in high demand, two months later, says The Washington Post.

  With the spotlight leaving Puerto Rico the country is still suffering in the dark, literally. With most of the country still having no electricity had made everyone from all over the world to come together and help these people in their times of desperate need. Two months later and nearly half, 46.6%, of the country has power, says USA Today. One in ten Puerto Ricans still do not have access to clean drinking water causing the spread of many diseases and illnesses rising for the people in need.

   While there is still much to be done in Puerto Rico, everyone from around the world has been lending a helping hand. NBC news has covered a story titled, “Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still in crisis,” reviewing the damages and destruction in San Juan that still has the people of Puerto Rico without power, homes and hope of rebuilding their life after the hurricane.

  Junior Maritza Perez has been affected by the hurricane by her family experiencing the tragedy first hand.

   “Some of my family in Puerto Rico lost hope and came to live with us in the states and haven’t been back since,” Perez said.

  Getting in contact with her family was not the easiest thing to do considering the loss of power and cell signal, which had her and her family in great worry. When the Perez family had finally got in contact with the great grandfather, they all put together a care package to send out to him.

  “The process to mail packages out there was extremely complicated and expensive. For one, the debris still hadn’t been cleaned up weeks and weeks after. On top of that it was becoming popular for people to steal other people’s packages,” Perez said.

  Not only has this area been hit with a hurricane that has taken everything from them, but now others are stealing what little they still have.

  “My family was telling me postal trucks were getting robbed,” Perez said.

  People of Puerto Rico are learning to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane.

   “The little help the islanders have received is great but from what my family has told me, the people of Puerto Rico are just learning to live their lives around the aftermath of the hurricane” Perez said.

   People help in small ways, too.  Students have made efforts to help with the recent hurricane in       Puerto Rico, which have affected close to one million people.

  Junior Mia Kennedy has also helped with the relief for Puerto Rico. She made her generous donations to the relief fund to help Puerto Rico that WaWa provides.

  “Everytime I go to WaWa, when I am paying I select the option to donate either one, three, or five dollars to help clean up Puerto Rico” Kennedy said.

  By donating even the littlest donations, every dollar counts.

  Fortune News has written an article to tell people how to help for the people of Puerto Rico.    

  “United for Puerto Rico an organization created by the governor’s wife Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, is providing a way for anyone to help victims in Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, Rosselló retweeted an endorsement of United for Puerto Rico,. The initiative aims to provide aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the impact of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María,” Fortune News writes.  

 Relief efforts have shared major awareness, shining the light on our U.S. territory suffering from the hurricane’s conditions.