Puerto Rico

A Message to FEMA: Respond to Disasters Differently

Providing money to states faster after disasters, and offering funds before they strike, would make communities safer, governors said.

Appalachia, Puerto Rico Community Groups Receive $1M for Economic Development

Eight other local groups across the U.S. also will split the $10 million of Community Thrive Challenge winnings.

A Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Finally Knows How Many People Died

A new, definitive study from George Washington University finds that almost 3,000 people lost their lives—and highlights the government’s failures before and after the storm.

Researchers Are Still Counting the Dead From Hurricane Maria

The newest estimate based on administrative data suggests over 1,100 people were killed by the 2017 storm and its fallout.

FEMA Acknowledges Shortcomings In Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A new report also suggests that states and territories should shoulder more of the burden after disasters.

Still Rebuilding After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Hopes to Spur Critical Infrastructure Investment

Officials have outlined an ambitious set of P3 projects supporting electrical and water resilience, as well as economic development.

Feds Announce Relief Funding for Transit Agencies Impacted by 2017’s Hurricanes

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Study: Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico May be 70 Times Official Count

The official fatality figure after Hurricane Maria was 64. New research indicates it could exceed 5,000.

Puerto Rico Will Take Over Energy Restoration With or Without Oversight Clarity

With the start of hurricane season a few weeks away, 22,900 island residents still lack power.

What a Wisconsin Mayor Learned From a Disaster Recovery Trip to Puerto Rico

“While the tens of millions of dollars are not there to do anything of any great size, there is the potential to start small and build an economy around local residents,” Madison Mayor Paul Soglin told Route Fifty.

Tech Lessons Learned From the Devastation of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands' CIOs discussed data security, relationships with wireless carriers and next-level training at NASCIO’s midyear conference.

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Puerto Rico's Blackout Is Now the Second-Worst in History

If you look at the number of hours customers lost access to electricity stemming from a single event, the disruption from Hurricane Maria has been massive.

Puerto Rico’s Government Agencies Need Aid, Too

Work conditions at the territory’s Department of Justice haven’t been the same since Hurricane Maria, to the detriment of morale and legal proceedings.

Could Puerto Rico Turn Out to Be Trump’s First Infrastructure Win?

Some officials in the U.S. territory think so. And they’ve already secured a smart cities grant with hopes to expedite resilient hurricane recovery.

The Peril of Privatizing Puerto Rico's Power Company

Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced a plan Monday to sell off Prepa, a move he hopes will ease the island’s energy and debt crises. But some groups on the island oppose the measure fiercely.

How Puerto Rico Is Rebuilding Its Network 3 Months After Maria

Puerto Rico's post-Maria communications effort could serve as a disaster-response playbook for other governments.

Massachusetts Offers In-State Tuition Break for Students From Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

It’s the latest way the Bay State has assisted the U.S. territories in the wake of the destruction brought by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Puerto Rico Gov. Asks for ‘Equal Treatment’ to the Tune of $94 Billion

Ricardo Rosselló expects disaster relief on par with that provided to U.S. states.

Hurricane Maria Has Made Puerto Rico the Land of Opportunity for Solar Power

Behind the scenes, the destruction has bred a keen contest for a massive prize: the 1.4 million customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which has kept its monopoly on the island for 70 years despite a dismal record.

Puerto Rico's Dire Health-Care Crisis

Over a month after Hurricane Maria, citizens are still facing limited access to medical help and the increasing threat of illness.