Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., and a delegation of administration officials departed this morning for Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies, help the community repair its devastated power structure, and assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Included in the trip is a team bringing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) support.
The New York Power Authority is sending a crew of 10 personnel, including translators, supervisors and engineers, along with drones and two drone pilots from the Department of Environmental Conservation, to assist with the assessment and reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s power grid.
The trip follows Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s official governor-to-governor request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for mutual aid. Prior to departing, Cuomo ordered assets from the New York State stockpiles to be ready for deployment and gathered a coalition of organizations to provide a number of assets and essential resources. Cuomo also announced that 60 members of the New York Army National Guard, four Black Hawk helicopters and 50 state police are on standby.
“Puerto Rico is part of the New York family, and we stand with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters as they begin to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria,” Cuomo states in a press release. “We have assembled top emergency response experts to support Puerto Rico and help repair its devastated power structure, and we are providing supplies and any additional assistance we can to support the island as they recover from this unprecedented natural disaster.”