Queensland offers to assist Puerto Rico in disaster preparedness
SAN JUAN – In a written statement, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that on behalf of the government, she has offered to share “our experience and approaches responding to natural disasters” with Puerto Rico.
“Sadly, Queensland is well versed in responding to cyclones and flooding in recent years, but it has meant we have refined our approach across agencies and with other tiers of government,” she said in Monday’s statement.
Palaszczuk, who is also the trade minister, goes on to say she has already met with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and offered to host a delegation from the Government of Puerto Rico to meet Queensland Government officials “involved in our natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery.”
In her meeting with Rosselló, Palaszczuk said they “discussed the role of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and my role as Chair of the State Disaster Management Committee and the phases of recovery” from disasters.
“I have offered to send Queensland Government officials to Puerto Rico to assist the Government,” Palaszczuk said. “I believe we can assist the people of Puerto Rico through our experience.”