Hurricane Maria Caribbean Relief Initiative


On September 19, 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane before moving on to devastate Puerto Rico and neighboring islands. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the small island of Dominica was destroyed and Puerto Rico’s 3 Millions American citizens rendered almost entirely without power. Initial reports estimated that 80% of island’s transmission lines (which deliver power from the energy plants) have been incapacitated, with substantially all local power lines (facilitating to residences/business) being destroyed as well.

Phase One: 

From September 25, 2017 through October 31, 2017, TLD assisted the UNCA in coordinating with local officials to deliver food, resources and logistical support to those impacted in Puerto Rico and neighboring regions. The UNCA has successfully established flight and distribution operations throughout the island, narrowing its focus to smaller underserved population within Puerto Rico.  Strategic partnerships have produced the allocation of cargo aircraft, warehousing and private passenger flights to ensure logistical efficiency. 

TLD is partnered with the UNCA to provide:
-Logistic Support
-Crisis Counseling/Shelter Support
-Delivery of bottled water and canned foods, hygiene supplies and other comfort items.

Phase Two: From October 31, 2017 through December 31, 2017 TLD will support the UNCA in establishing Bulk Distribution sites and Multi Agency Centers throughout the Central and Southern portions of the island of Puerto Rico. On October 14, 2017 the UNCA created bilateral- synergies with officials assigned to the disaster relief efforts from the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Air Force, island municipalities and local business operators. The strategic partnerships resulted in streamlined transportation logistics, security, increased distribution channels and thousands of warehouse square footage located throughout the island for use by UNCA and partners.