PUERTO RICO – In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, citizens are expected to be subject to a complete power loss for an estimate of 6 months to a year.
Power4PR has recently sent out a petition for the global community to lend a hand in this ongoing crisis. Experts say that Hurricane Maria is the most powerful storm to have hit Puerto Rico in almost a century and has left much devastation in its wake. According to Ricardo Ramos, CEO of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), 80% of Puerto Rico’s electric transmission and distribution infrastructure have been severely damaged in the hurricane.
In the midst of this tragedy, Power4PR.com aims to provide alternative energy solutions to the bereft citizens of Puerto Rico free of charge through donations. They also intend to match every commercial purchase of their products with an identical one to be provided to a family in need.
The main products they intend to donate to the hurricane victims include an emergency one-time-use disposable power bank, which works for Android and iPhone mobile phones, a saltwater-powered LED lantern, a portable 15-watt solar-powered LED light bulb and many more items which all also double as phone chargers. These products should suffice for basic power needs, but the organization says that they seek to expand the products they offer soon.
As of the time of this writing, Power4PR is currently taking donations on their website, and their “Buy One Donate One” program is in effect as well. Those who intend to donate may do so through their website by choosing which products they seek to donate or by purchasing their own products for those who would also like to try it out for themselves or send in their own donations.
Donated products are packaged and sent directly to the appropriate authorities in Puerto Rico in order for the humanitarian aid to reach the hurricane victims as soon as possible.
The damaged caused to the power infrastructure has left some 3.5 million people without access to power. With PREPA recently having filed for bankruptcy, it would require 750 million dollars in liquidity funds to be provided every year over the course of ten years in order to repair the widespread damage, estimates PREPA CEO Ramos.
With the provided funds, PREPA also intends to modernize their power distribution system to prevent such widespread power outage from occurring in the future. Restoration of power supply starts at the center of Puerto Rico to supply the much-needed power to the central medical institution, where most of the federal health aid will be coming from, as well as the main convention center, which serves as the base of operations for the rebuilding of infrastructure ravaged by the hurricane.
Thanks to assistance from PREPA’s sister companies, FEMA, and the federal government, power is estimated to be fully restored in Puerto Rico’s center within the next few months. However, judging by the speed of the restoration of power after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, CEO Ramos says that the last household will likely receive power sometime in 2018.
Power4PR was formed as a charitable outreach by Clutch Accessories in order to combat the tragedy brought by Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. Having witnessed the debilitating effects of total power loss in Puerto Rico, Power4PR intends to provide the citizens of Puerto Rico with renewable power solutions that are not dependent on electricity.
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