2017-11-09 / Front Page

Local Man Aids In Puerto Rico Relief

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Ray Miller spent two weeks in South Carolina assisting with emergency relief efforts for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, the biggest natural disaster area America has ever seen. Ray Miller spent two weeks in South Carolina assisting with emergency relief efforts for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, the biggest natural disaster area America has ever seen. Nationally qualified safety officer Ray Miller of Needmore was selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Maria airlift support to help in hurricane relief efforts as part of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team, which provides personnel who are trained as incident management specialists and organized to support emergency response and recovery efforts.

Miller’s assignment in Charleston, S.C., lasted two weeks. During his stay he assisted many teams that included FEMA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Army Corps of Engineering, and The Naval Weapons Station. Among a myriad of emergency endeavors, Miller was chosen to assist in the gargantuan task of filling an eight-story ship with large generators, utility trucks, emergency housing units, bucket trucks, medical supplies, food, fresh water, water filtration systems, linens, and construction materials; things all badly needed for the hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico. The ship took four days to arrive at its destination, and then another two days to inventory and process supplies before they were distributed. Since Miller has arrived back home, the ship has made a successful trip to Puerto Rico and is on its way back to the United States where it is to be filled again.


Ray Miller Ray Miller Miller, who has a career in emergency management and is employed by the state Bureau of Forestry, has assisted in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike. He has also assisted local and national searches for missing persons, and has been a part of the National Fire Rescue since 1985.

Though Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico nearly two months ago, the island is still in a severe state of crisis, and needs all the help it can get. Currently, the biggest problem is lack of safe drinking water and a power outage that has gone on for more than 50 days, the longest power outage in American history. According to online media sources, damage could total $90 billion for an already bankrupt Puerto Rico. Without clean water to drink and bathe, many U.S. citizens are suffering from bacterial infections, which volunteer doctors and medical staff are working consistently to fight.

There are several ways to aid the Puerto Rico relief efforts, such as donating supplies or money to Red Cross, UNICEF, and Save The Children. Puerto Rico is in dire need of food, water, homes, clean linens and clothes, electronics, and pet supplies.

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