Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean Islands and was projected to cause major devastation in Florida due to its strength and the fact that it was lauded as the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005. Officials were concerned and Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the Sunshine State as well as calling for a mandatory evacuation. The U.S. Virgin Islands were slammed by Irma as well as neighboring islands like Barbuda, St Martin, Anguilla, and The Bahamas. Puerto Rico also suffered from collateral damage as a result of Irma and a portion of the country was already without power prior to Maria making landfall.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island on September 20th making it the strongest hurricane to afflict that area in all of the island’s recorded history. The island lost power and is expected to be without power for what could be months. The death toll is still being evaluated as reports come in from family members and officials and search and rescue operations are launched.
In times of great tragedy and catastrophe, it is inspiring to see people rally to help out in any way they can. Many organizations, such as United For Puerto Rico, have come together to coordinate relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
The Honorable Knights extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by these natural disasters and we commit ourselves to assisting with relief and rebuilding efforts.