“This is going to be a test,” says Nick Russo, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s federal coordinating officer in Puerto Rico. “The people of Puerto Rico have been through a lot, and we have learned the lessons of the past.”
With Puerto Rico’s electrical grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million people are lacking the electricity required for critical needs such as water and refrigeration for food.
We can be certain that natural disasters will continue to happen.We have taken some steps to prepare for these by tightening our building codes. Nevertheless, we seem to be unwilling to invest in our crumbling infrastructure.