Privaira operating FEMA and humanitarian relief flights to Puerto Rico
PRIVAIRA has been contracted to fly FEMA and humanitarian relief flights to Puerto Rico, as no commercial flights have been able to reach the island. PRIVAIRA transported telecom executives to assess the damage to the communication networks, and a variety of other first responders to assist with the recovery operation. PRIVAIRA has been transporting as many essential aid supplies as possible on its flights to provide relief for our fellow Americans on the island.
Hurricane Maria, the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the United States, roared through Puerto Rico last week, flattening the island. Leaving the island in a full-blown “humanitarian crisis,” with washed-out roads, downed power lines and damaged infrastructure. Air traffic to the island is infrequent and communication is spotty at best. Officials said more than 91 percent of cell sites were out of service.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello called the situation on the island a “humanitarian crisis” and told MSNBC. “We need more help. We need more help with resources. We need more help with people being deployed so that we can get logistical support elsewhere.”