The federal relief effort for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been criticized as slow and insufficient. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal personnel are on the ground, trying to help.
There have been questions about the speed with which the Trump administration has moved to deploy the US military after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. "It feels a little bit slow," says one former US Navy admiral.
The parade lost major sponsors because it was going to honor a man some label a terrorist, even though Oscar López Rivera has now stepped aside. Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans on the island will vote on whether to become a state.
Many experts believe renewable energy and distributed microgrids can save costs and be a better solution to extreme weather. Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure could present an opportunity to make this a reality.
While Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands clean up after Hurricane Irma, many residents of these US territories say the challenge of storm relief is not just the devastation, but neglect from their fellow Americans in the continental US.