Relief for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico

Rob Wittman
2017-09-28 14:21:57
Friend- In the span of just two weeks, our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit with two Category 5 hurricanes, and long road to recovery is ahead. Hurricanes Irma and Maria have wreaked unimaginable havoc on both territories. The lack of power, clean water, and food has turned the fallout from these storms into a humanitarian crisis. This week, Speaker Ryan met with Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon to receive an update about on the damage and ways Congress can act to provide the necessary aid. He pledged Congress’ support and stressed that relief assistance would be on par with aid to Texas and Florida. The Trump Administration has continued its work with federal agencies to coordinate search and rescue, relief, and rebuilding efforts. I wanted to provide you with an update on the federal response currently underway: • USNS Comfort is in route to Puerto Rico. One of two U.S. Military hospital ships, the Comfort is equipped with a dozen operating rooms and a thousand beds. • Both the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill are already on the scene to distribute food and water, provide medical teams, and conduct search and rescue operations. • The Department of Energy continues working to restore power, deliver fuel, and provide generators to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. • FEMA and federal partners have distributed over 4 million meals, 6 million liters of water, and tens of thousands of tarps and roofing supplies. • U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA Search and Rescue continue their operations – having already searched thousands of buildings and having rescued over 500 people. • Seven hundred and fifty U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel have been directed to restore power, clear debris, and coordinate temporary roofing. • The Federal Aviation Authority has worked to reopen the St. Thomas airport. • Over 300 Department of Health and Human Services personnel on the ground are working to evacuate patients, address public health concerns, provide medical supplies, and staff hospitals. To stay up to date with relief efforts, visit FEMA’s website. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. Sincerely, Rob Unsubscribe: wittman.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/

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In the span of just two weeks, our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit with two Category 5 hurricanes, and long road to recovery is ahead. Hurricanes Irma and Maria have wreaked unimaginable havoc on both territories. The lack of power, clean water, and food has turned the fallout from these storms into a humanitarian crisis.

This week, Speaker Ryan met with Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon to receive an update on the damage and ways Congress can act to provide the necessary aid. He pledged Congress’ support and stressed that relief assistance would be on par with aid to Texas and Florida. The Trump Administration has continued its work with federal agencies to coordinate search and rescue, relief, and rebuilding efforts.

I wanted to provide you with an update on the federal response currently underway:

· USNS Comfort is in route to Puerto Rico. One of two U.S. Military hospital ships, the Comfort is equipped with a dozen operating rooms and a thousand beds.

· The Department of Homeland Security has loosened shipping regulations to help get supplies to Puerto Rico.

· Both the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill are already on the scene to distribute food and water, provide medical teams, and conduct search and rescue operations.

· The Department of Energy continues working to restore power, deliver fuel, and provide generators to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

· FEMA and federal partners have distributed over 4 million meals, 6 million liters of water, and tens of thousands of tarps and roofing supplies.

· U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA Search and Rescue continue their operations – having already searched thousands of buildings and having rescued over 500 people.

· Seven hundred and fifty U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel have been directed to restore power, clear debris, and coordinate temporary roofing.

· The Federal Aviation Authority has worked to reopen the St. Thomas airport.

· Over 300 Department of Health and Human Services personnel on the ground are working to evacuate patients, address  public health concerns, provide medical supplies, and staff hospitals.

To stay up to date with relief efforts,

Please do not hesitate to

It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.

Sincerely,

Rob

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