Puerto Rico’s Been Blown Back in Time, and Here’s What Kansas City Can Do
When Gary Morsch finally made his way from Kansas City to post-Maria Puerto Rico on Sunday, on a helicopter from Haiti, he went straight to a hospital in Caguas, south of the capital city of San Juan, and offered to relieve one of the doctors on duty there.
A lot of emergency and medical workers still haven’t been home to see if home is still there, and “the ER doctor was happy to get a break,” said Brian McDonell, associate director of Heart to Heart International, the Lenexa-based relief organization Morsch co-founded.
The entire U.S. commonwealth, home to 3.4 million of our fellow Americans, needs all the breaks it can get right now. Because the whole graceful, glorious island, the world’s oldest former colony, was effectively blown back in time a week ago by winds so high they broke some of the gauges.
Forty-four percent of Puerto Rico is now without drinking water, according to our Department of Defense