Tampa opens arms to Puerto Rico evacuees


ABC News reports that Tampa is preparing to welcome any Puerto Ricans who may choose to make the Florida city their new home in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation:

More than 36,000 people have arrived in the Sunshine State from Puerto Rico since Oct. 3, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The state has already set up reception centers in Orlando and Miami, where evacuees from the storm-battered U.S. territory can speak with representatives from various agencies about resettling in the mainland, according to ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa.

Officials in the Tampa Bay area have teamed up with numerous agencies and non-profits to help connect any Puerto Ricans who come with resources and information.

A foldup table marked “Hurricane Maria Assistance Information” was set up in the baggage claim area at Tampa International Airport this week, according to WFTS.Puerto Rico evacuees stopping at the table can receive white paper bags containing a letter from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, information on recovery centers, a regional transit map and details about benefits from the state’s Department of Children and Families, WFTS reported. [. . .]

For full article, see http://abcnews.go.com/US/tampa-opens-arms-puerto-rico-evacuees-hurricane-maria/story?id=50480873

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