March 3, 2021

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Wanda Vázquez: "Let's keep calm"

The looming atmospheric phenomenon that is forecast to become a tropical storm before making landfall in Puerto Rico will bring a dangerous amount of rain, the government warned tonight at a press conference.

According to meteorologist Roberto García from the National Meteorological Service, up to 10 inches of rain could fall in the central zone of the Country. This would cause extensive flash flooding, much of it in Puerto Rico, and landslides. Likewise, he warned that maritime conditions will be “quite dangerous.”

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced for her part, called for “tranquility” in the eventual arrival of the system and stated that her administration has been taking the necessary steps for the hurricane season.

"Let's keep calm" asked the first executive from the Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Bureau (Nmead).

The impact of the disturbance, she added, could begin to be felt at night from tomorrow, Wednesday, until Friday.

This is why Vázquez Garced reported that public officials who are active in person will have until tomorrow at noon to go to their jobs to find the materials they need

"[Luego del mediodía] There should be no public officials on duty" he said.

In addition, he indicated that he had informed the federal government and the President of the United States of his declare a state of emergency if the phenomenon touched land in the borincano archipelago.

Likewise, it reported that the Department of Housing has 324 shelters available, 75% of them have a generator or water cistern. The available capacity is for more than 41,200 people, safeguarding social distancing.

The disinfection of the facilities that serve as shelters was carried out by the Office for the Management of Public Buildings, the Authority for Public Buildings and Housing.

Also, the governor noted that Puerto Rico has 45,000 cots, more than 130,000 masks and 100,000 hand sanitizers for shelters.

On the other hand, he highlighted that the Department of Education has 200,000 food rations for 30 days, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, the Family Department owns 4.7 million pounds of food.

The Department of Consumer Affairs, for its part, added essential items, as well as storms and other items, to the current price freezes for the pandemic.

While, as of tomorrow, the services of the Maritime Transportation Authority (ATM) will cease, only the “El Isleño” vessel will remain in operation until conditions allow.

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