Airports and Seaports
- 4 harbors in Puerto Rico open without restrictions
- 3 harbors in Puerto Rico open with restrictions
- 8 harbors in US Virgin Islands open with restrictions
- In Puerto Rico, the San Juan Airport and nine other airports are open.
- In the US Virgin Islands, all airports are closed except for military and relief operations.
- A joint Army National Guard and Marine expeditionary unit team established Roosevelt Roads Airfield as an Installation Staging Base; available for 24/7 hurricane relief and commercial operations.
Search and Rescue
- Ten FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces are relentlessly conducting operations in Puerto Rico. To date, the US&R teams rescued 557 lives and five pets, while searching over 2,600 structures.
Water and Power
- Puerto Rico: Much of the urban area of Mayagüez is energized by the hydro-gas plant that is located within the municipality.
- The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) continues to report near 100% of total customers in Puerto Rico remain without power, with the exception of facilities on generators and some critical facilities.
- Virgin Islands: There is limited electricity distribution on St. Thomas. Portions of five feeders are partially energized.
- Virgin Islands: On St. Croix, efforts continued Monday to energize more sections of downtown Christiansted and Frederiksted town up to the Paul E. Joseph Stadium
- Virgin Islands: Seven Seas water production facility is online and stabilized and potable water service is being provided to a growing number of St. Croix residents.
- FEMA: Six step-up DLA transformers are expected to arrive this week.
- FEMA: Corps of Engineers coordinated transportation of more than 300 FEMA or Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) generators from across the U.S. to meet anticipated requirements in the islands.
- Puerto Rico: Fifty nine of 69 hospitals are operational with unknown status.
- Virgin Islands: J.F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix has been found to be structurally sound.
- Virgin Islands: Power has been restored to the Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas.
- Puerto Rico: As of early September 25, Governor Ricardo Rosselló confirmed that the Hima San Pablo Hospital has electrical power.
- At approximately 10:30 AM EDT, Tuesday, September 26, the Río Piedras Medical Center lost power. It is expected to be restored by today or tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27.
- Puerto Rico: 90.9 percent of cell sites are out of service
- Puerto Rico: 29 of 78 counties have no operational cell sites
- Puerto Rico: No counties have more than 25 percent of their cell sites in operation.
- Virgin Islands: St Thomas-47.3 percent of sites out of service, St. John-66.7 percent, St Croix-78.6 percent
- WQBS, WCMN-FM, WMIO, WPRM-FM, WNEL, WPRP, WZAR and WUNO in Puerto Rico are reported as being out of service in DIRS.
- Illinois Air National Guard: The Illinois Air National Guard arrived on the island on Sept. 23, three days after Maria hit. … the eight-member team from the 126th Communications Flight set up a JISCC – Joint Incident Site Communications Capability – adjacent to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Wing operations building at Muniz Air National Guard Base. This team of Airmen is now providing emergency communications capability to the wing’s command post and 24-hour support.
- Kentucky Air National Guard: The Kentucky ANG’s 123rd Contingency Response Group [40 personnel on scene] arrived at San Juan airport, the largest on the island, two days after the storm hit. By the first night, the CRG was operational and began receiving cargo-laden aircraft. The CRG is essentially an “airport in a box.” It brings cargo handling, passenger processing and related capabilities to either a combat scenario or, as is the case in San Juan, in a humanitarian/disaster relief crisis.
- FEMA: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has more than 750 personnel engaged.
- FEMA: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a 6-person team in the U.S. Virgin Islands and an additional 18 en route.
- FEMA: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) deployed 135 personnel to assist communities recovering from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
- Northcom [9/27/2017]: One C-5 is arriving in Puerto Rico with support staff to begin the transition from a sea-based to land-based response. This unit includes approximately 50 personnel.
- Northcom [9/27/2017]: Five C-17s are arriving in Saint Thomas with the 247th Composite Supply Company from Fort Carson, Colorado, to provide supplies to the 601st Area Support Medical Company. This unit includes approximately 30 personnel and 190 tons of fuel and medical equipment.
- U.S. Transportation Command coordinated 14 flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico yesterday, delivering food, water, FEMA communications, FEMA logistics, security teams and critical DoD enablers …
- US Transportation Command has 16 flights scheduled today to deliver food, water, communications and DoD rotary-wing aviation.
- The Defense Logistics Agency is transporting 15,000 gallons of propane to Puerto Rico and 10,000 to the U.S. Virgin Islands
- DLA is shipping 175,000 gallons of diesel and 75,000 gallons of gasoline, by barge to Puerto Rico by Sept. 29.
- DLA is also shipping 90 fuel trucks to Puerto Rico.
- Northcom [9/27/2017]: Four C-17s are arriving in Saint Croix with 22 pallets of bottled water and 25 pallets of shelf-stable meals able to support 250,000 local residents.
Navy and Coast Guard Response
Department of Defense
- Northcom has requested the hospital ship USNS Comfort prepare to get underway. The ship has a 72-96 hour prep time.
- Department of Defense
- Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]
- Defense Video Imagery Distribution System [DVIDS]
September 26 [late evening] Puerto Rico planned to fail before Maria hit
September 26 [late evening] Relief and Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico
September 26 Hurricane Maria Relief News for Today
September 25 Puerto Rico versus Haiti