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Federal Teams Continuing to Deliver Supplies to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Release date: 
September 26, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-142

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family are working with various partners to deliver food, water, and other needed commodities to the affected region.

The National Guard continues its stabilization mission, and is working with partners at various levels to continue receiving and distributing commodities to affected regions. A combination of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial industry ships and airplanes continue to deliver supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) continues to evaluate port safety, many of these crucial links to goods and commodities are being opened daily. Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers are in place to help people in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, supporting shelter operations and reunification efforts.

a soldier stands next to a large truck
Soldiers stationed at 783rd Maint. Co. in Toa Baja, P.R. transporting more than 6,000
gallons of water to the San José community, Sept. 24.

Officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico opened points of distribution (POD) in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for survivors to get meals, water, and other commodities. Commodity Points of Distribution are operating in the following locations, with more locations scheduled to open in coming days: 

Puerto Rico

  • Aguadilla City Hall
  • Aibonito City Hall
  • Arecibo City Hall
  • Bayamón City Hall
  • Camuy City Hall
  • Canóvanas City Hall
  • Ciales City Hall
  • Culebra City Hall
  • Mayagüez City Hall
  • Ponce City Hall
  • Rincón City Hall
  • Rio Grande City Hall
  • Santa Isabel City Hall
  • Utuado City Hall
  • Vega Alta City Hall
  • Vieques City Hall

U.S. Virgin Islands

Saint Thomas (open today from 10am to 2pm)

  • Kirwan Terrace
  • Bordeaux  
  • Bovoni Center
  • Brown Fire Station (Bar Bell Plaza)
  • Tutu Fire Station  
  • Eudora Kean High school  
  • Anna's Retreat  
  • Dorothea  

Saint Croix (open today from 12pm to 4pm)

  • Alexander Henderson School
  • Juanita Gardine Elementary School
  • Cotton Valley Fire Station
  • Educational Complex
  • Eulalie Rivera School

Saint John (hours 12pm to 4pm)

  • Coral Bay Fire Station
  • Winston Wells Ball Park
  • Port Authority Parking Lot

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) members including voluntary, non-profit, and faith-based organizations also are working closely with the affected states and communities to assist by supporting with temporary roofing for disaster survivors.

Many voluntary agencies continue to provide services to disaster survivors, including providing shelter, meals, clean-up supplies, etc. For those who wish to help, go here: http://www.nvoad.org; cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover.

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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59