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After hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico descended into darkness, both literally and figuratively. It was a tough time for the people of the island as shipping and other services were interrupted.
We learned a heck of a lot from hurricane Maria. We also learned just how quickly, even in modern times, isolation can happen. Puerto Rico was cut off from aid and outside help in general by the rough seas brought on by the storm.
This was an alarming situation that most Americans didn’t foresee.
18 Months Without Power
Are you prepared to last 18 months without power? As of today, the power is back on for most of the island and even the neighboring island of Culebra but they survive for a year and a half without it! Those with generators had power but gas wasn’t always available.
Could you survive 6 months without power? These are the goals. Don’t think that your area cannot be isolated from help in a similar way to Puerto Rico.
The Failure of Recovery Logistics
The logistics of aid are not always the best and Puerto Rico was an extreme example of that. After the chaos the US government sent water and when that water arrived it was left on a landing strip.
Unfortunately, there was no one thereto recover that water and distribute it. You could argue who the bad guy was in this situation but it’s clear who the victims were. The Puerto Rican people were struggling with fresh water for a long time after that storm.
We learned a lot from the people of Puerto Rico. We learned a lot from their struggle. Let’s hope we wise up and do better the next go round. Apparently, it’s a great place to visit during the rebuild!