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The Resilience of Puerto Rico

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As the island continues to rebuild, some are getting creative. Residential and commercial roofing is the focus of several groups that are making sure new roofs are stronger and more able to withstand high winds.

When Hurricane Maria struck, Puerto Rico lost its communication and power grids and basic infrastructure. The official death toll is 2,975 people, and more than 100,000 people left the island.

Those people who stayed were without power for nearly a year, and 160,000 of their homes were destroyed. Up to 8,000 small businesses shuttered their doors. An estimated 1.5 million people on the island live in poverty, and more than a million live in informal housing.

Rethinking Puerto Rico

As the island continues to rebuild, some are getting creative. Residential and commercial roofing is the focus of several groups that are making sure new roofs are stronger and more able to withstand high winds.

A solar company is developing solar microgrids, small but powerful enough to power community centers like churches, libraries, and schools. These centers serve as hubs when disaster strikes but batteries to back up the solar system are in short supply currently.

New housing developments, including container homes and prefabricated homes that are fully up to code and are hurricane resistant, are also in the works. The goal of each of these measures is to rebuild stronger and better than before, so when disaster strikes, the devastating effects aren’t suffered for months afterward.

We Can Help

But these measures won’t be enough if residents and business owners struggle to rebuild. We are dedicated to helping commercial and residential property owners in Puerto Rico get their normal lives back. We fight insurance providers who delay and deny legitimate hurricane damage claims and put their bottom lines before the lives of policyholders, and we will fight for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you recover and get the compensation you deserve.


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