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Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief

Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief

Last week, Governor Christie authorized the mobilization of 1,100 emergency responders and soldiers to deploy to Puerto Rico, including NJSP and 500 National Guard citizen soldiers with various equipment.

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century, it left most of the island without electricity.

The group is selling merchandise like tanks, t-shirts, coffee mugs among other items on their website to raise money with the proceeds going to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that the agency is working to prevent shortages of about 40 crucial medicines.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico after pounding the island as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour on September 20.

The six-week deployment includes state and local police officers, divided into three separate two-week rotations.

Santos and her daughters were volunteering their time Saturday to help the cause. They'll be delivered to Puerto Rico this week. The FDA said medicines and medical devices account for about 30 percent of Puerto Rico's gross domestic product, and about 80 percent of those products are used by residents of Puerto Rico and the 50 states. "We need to do something about it", she said.

The Central Florida community is coming together to get results, collecting much needed aid and sending hope to the people of Puerto Rico. However, after Hurricane Maria tore through the very place PRSA represents, Curbelo recalled the board's decision to "help out our family" and donate half the proceeds to the disaster relief fund, UNIDOS.

Medina says they plan to ship the donations collected towards the ends of the month.

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