The distribution of food and water remains the top priority in Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said today at a news conference in San Juan.Puerto Rico officials continue to work closely with the Defense Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with state partners through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, he said.
"We have over 12,000 -- almost 13,000 --- DoD personnel in Puerto Rico, over 4,000 Puerto Rico National Guard and EMACs together," he said. "There's an expectation of 3,000 more to come to Puerto Rico in the next couple of weeks as well."
Puerto Rico Guard Delivering Essentials
The Puerto Rico National Guard will deploy to the municipalities to help distribute food more effectively, he said, noting complaints of food not being properly delivered.
"Water and food delivery keeps being a top priority, making sure the people of Puerto Rico have the elements important to survive through this crisis," he said.