Governor Cuomo is directing various state personnel and resources to deploy into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the region braces for impact from the impending Hurricane Dorian.
A team from the state Power Authority will help monitor the situation from both locations, coordinating with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and U.S. Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority on emergency response in the region.
Cuomo also directed State Police to have 100 troopers on standby for potential deployment, while requesting the Division of Homeland Security to assist with command and control logistics, communication, planning and other emergency support functions on the ground.
“The islands are still building back after the devastation of past storms, making them even more vulnerable to the impending hurricane,” Cuomo said. “The family of New York stands with the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and as always we will do everything in our power to assist during difficult times.”
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma in fall 2017, New York’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort distributed at least 4,400 pallets of supplies to Puerto Rico, collected from 13 donation sites across the state.
More than 1,000 personnel were also deployed, including hundreds of utility workers and power experts to help with power restoration and grid stabilization between November 2017-April 2018 to help restore power.
Throughout the summer 2018, more than 650 SUNY and CUNY students, as well as skilled labor volunteers, traveled to island communities still recovering from Hurricanes Maria and Irma to provide assistance to those in need.
Over the course of five deployments, volunteers logged in nearly 41,000 hours cleaning, restoring, and rebuilding homes. The goal to renovate 150 homes was far exceeded, with a total of 178 homes restored over 10 weeks.
The Governor has continued deployments of SUNY and CUNY students to aid in the recovery efforts throughout summer 2019.