After the catastrophic passage of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico on September 20 - after which the entire electrical system was rendered useless, the potable water service seriously affected and the road infrastructure severely damaged - the migration of islanders to continental lands has skyrocketed.
In Pennsylvania, and more exactly in Philadelphia, that story is already becoming known in the voices of those who are arriving.
From the beginning of October until November 10, the Office of Emergency Management of the Mayor's Office of Philadelphia (OEM) attended 973 people, 456 families, who approached the affected care post at the Rivera Recreation Center (5 street with Allegheny) by different entities of the local administration and civic organizations.
Indeed, the director of the OEM, Dan Bradley, made a call to the hotels of the city so that they register in the program of FEMA and thus be able to assure conditions of decent lodging to the victims of the hurricane coming from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The government entities that participate in the process of receiving and supporting the victims are the OEM, FEMA, PEMA, the Salvation Army, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, the United States Small Business Association and Philadelphia Medical Reverse Corps.
Efforts to bring relief to Puerto Ricans are not just from local, regional and federal governments. The civil society of Philadelphia - especially the Puerto Rican community in the city - has mobilized hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring aid to the island.
At the end of October, the organizers of the Unidos Pa'PR campaign raised $ 200,000 in donations. That weekend, several members of the campaign traveled to the island on humanitarian missions that can be followed through the @UnidosPaPuertoRico account of Facebook.