In late September 2017, Puerto Rico was squarely hit by Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 storm was one of the wettest and most violent storms to hit Puerto Rico. In its wake, the island suffered from: extensive damage to electrical and water infrastructural systems, severed emergency response systems, extensive damage to housing, and a lack of food, potable water, and gasoline.
Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico finds itself at a standstill. Without food, water, and basic services (like electricity), the island is threatened by multiple environmental and social hazards. This research marks the beginning of a multi-year project examining long-term rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. The first phase of this work examines the role of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Analysis of news articles, Facebook posts, and Reddit groups will form the base of the project and, hopefully, a peer-reviewed publication.
CU-Boulder Innovative Seed Grant (With Professors Amy Javernick-Will and Abbie Liel in Civil Engineering)