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Local group raises money for Puerto Rico

09 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Alex MacNamara executive director of facilities at Nova Southeastern University helps to unload about 900 kilograms of supplies at Signature airport brought on a flight from Fort Lauderdale Fla. to be delivered to Nova's San Juan campus in the

For many, it is personal.

About 320,000 Puerto Ricans live in Central Florida, and some officials are estimating as many as 100,000 may flee the island and settle with family and friends in the region.

At least for now, drugmakers say they should be able to prevent shortages by moving around inventory and, in some cases, increasing production at factories in other locations already making those products. "My grandma's house is gone", said Marrero. "Things we might not even think of", she said.

Gottlieb said the power disruptions could cause new medicine shortages and exacerbate shortages that existed before Hurricane Maria, and Irma before that, slammed the island.

"We have 12,300 DoD personnel here in Puerto Rico, more than 600 FEMA and more than 2,000 EMACs from 25 states in Puerto Rico serving through the emergency", he said, adding that the hospital ship USNS Comfort is serving around Puerto Rico with a capacity of about 1,000 patients.

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"The vice president has a deep understanding that although a lot of the efforts are going on, there is still a lot to be done here in Puerto Rico", Rossello said.

According to Evans, the Boston officers will be working with Puerto Rico police to give residents a sense of security post-hurricane. Whether it's with patrol or helping them in any way they need.

Over the last two weeks, the group has collected donations from across the state. "We became police officers to help people". It also includes 13 Massachusetts State Police cruisers to be used during the deployment.

"We're keeping a close watch on the most critical medical products", Gottlieb said.

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