Gov. Hochul: 100 state troopers head to Puerto Rico to aid in Hurricane Fiona relief efforts
Gov. Kathy Hochul provided an update on New York's efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Fiona on Puerto Rico, which lost power island-wide after the storm made landfall.
She said 100 Spanish-speaking state troopers are heading to Puerto Rico to aid in the relief efforts. Officials on the ground expect "catastrophic flooding" and landslides over the next three days.
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday. President Joe Biden signed an emergency declaration that will allow FEMA to send over the resources that are necessary to alleviate the impact of the storm.
Hochul released a statement in efforts to provide relief to those who will be impacted by the hurricane saying, "The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is monitoring the storm closely and will be able to rapidly deploy assistance if requested by the federal government and Puerto Rico. New York will always stand with and support Puerto Rico."
Local organization Your Network Caring Community Advocate (YNCCA) says there's a huge need for battery and solar operated equipment. They are seeking donations to send down to the island, such as medical and rescue supplies that do not require power.
The YNCCA says it will be opening up a few other drop off locations for the islanders in the coming days around the tri-state.