Deployed to Puerto Rico for hurricane Maria

Leslie and I missed the cutoff for joining the Peace Corps in Guatemala this year because we were called up for a busy hurricane season.  Leslie was kept in Texas for hurricane Harvey but I was transferred to Puerto Rico immediately after Maria did significant damage to the island.

There was no power throughout the island, downed power lines and debris covered all the roads, people had lost everything. It was chaos.

For all the responders pouring into San Juan, there were no hotels or lodging of any type. The large convention center in San Juan was converted into emergency lodging (it had temp power), cots were set about 3 feet apart with men and women all together. Bathrooms were trailers at the back loading dock.  The photo is blurry because “No Photography Allowed” in the ballrooms and I snapped this surreptitiously on my phone just to show Leslie where I was staying.

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