Puerto Rico responds to call for help in the British Virgin Islands
(September 11, 2017 — Washington, D.C.) Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson directly communicated with Governor Ricardo Rosselló to request the Government of Puerto Rico's assistance in light of instability in the British Virgin Islands. Hurricane Irma devastated the British Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017 as a powerful Category 5 storm.
"These calls for assistance from the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint-Martin and Sint Marteen are evidence that Puerto Rico is a leader in emergency responses in the Caribbean region," stated Carlos Mercader, executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA).
The requests for assistance from foreign jurisdictions are being processed by PRFAA, which along with federal authorities, is in the process of obtaining the necessary permits to ship aid.
Since Saturday the Government of Puerto Rico, together with federal authorities, has conducted emergency operations through a center at the Luis Munoz Marín International Airport. The center has assisted in the evacuation of more than a thousand people—a majority U.S. citizens—from the island of Saint-Martin.