Journalists covering the Puerto Rico tragedy mentioned Utuado, a tiny village tucked into the mountains above Arecibo. I recognize the name: our Peace Corps training camp was near Utuado. The people there have not yet been reached by rescuers. The village’s small population is struggling without food, clean water, medicine, power, or any other kind of supplies. Their situation is desperate.
Seattle doesn’t have hurricanes, but we are earthquake-prone. I’ve taken that semi-seriously, keeping extra canned goods on hand, and a flashlight, and Matt gave me the emergency backpack that Google gave every employee. But after looking at the scenes in Utuado, I realize it isn’t enough. I just ordered a bunch of supplies from Amazon, and they are starting to arrive.
Dried food packets that work best with hot water but can be made edible with room temperature water. At two meals a day, the supply is good for almost two weeks. It’s a start.