Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico–What the Media and Trump Admin Aren’t Reporting

Puerto Rico, a US territory of appx. 3.5 million people, with a vibrant independent culture and rich history, is dying. Gross mismanagement, incompetence, political maneuvering, financial debt, and the absolute devastation wrought by hurricane Maria have left the colony destitute.

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Deadly tropical storm Nate kills 22 in C. America, heads for US

Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America with torrential rains that forced thousands from their homes, uprooted trees, knocked out bridges and turned roads into rivers, officials said Thursday. Forecasters predicted it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States. The country hardest hit by the storm…

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Eight Days After Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico Trump Waives Jones Act

The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would temporarily waive a century-old shipping law for Puerto Rico that officials there said was hindering disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria.

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As Heat Rose In Fla. Nursing Home, Staff Asked For Help But Few Understood The Emergency

Florida officials say they didn’t have any indication from the nursing home where 11 people would die that residents were in distress. But records show that phone calls went out to the power company, the governor and local officials and a facility that shared the building reported that the conditions were &adversely affecting patients, according to The New York Times.

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10th person dies in Hollywood, Fla., nursing home tragedy

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A 10th nursing home patient died Wednesday, a week after the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills began to unfold. Martha Murray, 94, was the latest victim of the sweltering temperatures in a building that lost power after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. According to Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Craig…

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A stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria reduced homes to heaps of wood and cement in the oceanfront settlement of La Perla, where hundreds of people picked their way down the rocky hillsides strewn with debris Thursday to salvage what they could from the wreckage. At the foot of an ancient fort, just outside the walls…

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6 Die at Nursing Home as Irma’s Aftermath Brings New Hazards

Six patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath.

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Death Toll from Mexico Quake Rises to 90

The death toll from the massive earthquake that rocked southern Mexico has risen to at least 90, with most of the fatalities occurring in Oaxaca State. The powerful 8.2-magnitude quake struck off Mexico’s far southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday, about 100 kilometers from the town of Tonala. The earthquake triggered a 1-meter-high tsunami, according…

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After Irma comes recovery, and Florida is gearing up

Even as Hurricane Irma continued to slam Florida Sunday, Gov. Rick Scott was already looking ahead at the huge recovery effort that will be needed to feed and shelter victims, clean up debris, restore power and repair damaged homes and businesses. Scott Sunday asked for a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump…

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Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit

If you aren’t already familiar with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, it’s about time you learn about them. Social media has become a unique communication tool during times of crisis, elections and to help disseminate breaking news or organize community groups.  Many of these apps are free in the iPhone store or on Google Play for Android, and others are also available online through their respective websites. 

With floodwaters at four feet and rising, a family in Houston, Texas abandoned their possessions and scrambled to their roof during Hurricane Harvey to sit with their pets and await rescue. Unable to reach first responders through 911 and with no one visible nearby, they used their cellphones to send out a call for help through a social media application called Nextdoor.

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