Puerto Rico sends rescue workers to aid in Harvey recovery efforts
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló travelled Wednesday morning to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to express his support to a brigade of 15 Puerto Rican rescue workers who will collaborate in the recovery work following Hurricane Harvey’s passage through Texas.
The group, coordinated by the director of the State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management (Aemead by its Spanish acronym), Abner Gómez, consists of five firefighters, a paramedic of the Medical Emergencies Corps, and nine volunteers and staff from Aemed’s municipal offices.
Both Gómez and Rosselló thanked the availability of these rescue workers with experience in search and rescue in collapsed structures and water rescue.
“The people of Puerto Rico stand in solidarity with the residents of Texas and the thousands of Puerto Rican families living there. I would like to thank this skilled brigade for its commitment. Without a doubt, its experience in this type of emergencies will help in the recovery and rescue after the passage of this atmospheric phenomenon,” the governor said.
Rosselló added that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his gratitude for the Puerto Rican brigade.
Approximately 155,000 Puerto Ricans live in the Lone Star State, most of them in the counties of Tarrant, Dallas, and Denton.
Yesterday, the governor signed an executive order to authorize the provision of humanitarian aid services to the state of Texas and use up to $25,000 from the Emergency Fund to finance the mobilization, groceries, and any other expenses related to the brigade’s mission.
American Airlines donated the transportation of the luggage and equipment of the brigade of rescue workers that left for Dallas, Texas to then move to the affected zone.