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File #: 17-5672    Version: 1 Name: IN SUPPORT OF THE RELIEF EFFORTS ORGANIZED TO HELP MEXICO AND PUERTO RICO
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
File created: 10/6/2017 In control: Health & Hospitals Committee
On agenda: 10/11/2017 Final action: 11/21/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE RELIEF EFFORTS ORGANIZED TO HELP MEXICO AND PUERTO RICO WHEREAS, originating from a tropical wave that the National Hurricane Center began monitoring on September 13, Maria developed into a tropical storm on September 16 strengthening just a couple of days later to a Category 5 hurricane, sustaining wind speeds of up to 160 mph and making the 2017 season the first since 2007 to feature two Category 5 hurricanes; and WHEREAS, Maria weakened to a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph before making landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20th, making Maria the strongest to hit the territory since the 1928 San Felipe hurricane; and WHEREAS, with Maria hitting just 2 weeks after hurricane Irma skirted the Island, Puerto Rico has seen their death toll rise to 34 as of October 4th, with many still unaccounted for, and has suffered catastrophic damage including complete destruction of its previously damaged electrical grid, accumulating l...
Sponsors: LUIS ARROYO JR, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, GREGG GOSLIN, EDWARD M. MOODY, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

IN SUPPORT OF THE RELIEF EFFORTS ORGANIZED TO HELP MEXICO AND PUERTO RICO

WHEREAS, originating from a tropical wave that the National Hurricane Center began monitoring on September 13, Maria developed into a tropical storm on September 16 strengthening just a couple of days later to a Category 5 hurricane, sustaining wind speeds of up to 160 mph and making the 2017 season the first since 2007 to feature two Category 5 hurricanes; and

WHEREAS, Maria weakened to a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph before making landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20th, making Maria the strongest to hit the territory since the 1928 San Felipe hurricane; and

WHEREAS, with Maria hitting just 2 weeks after hurricane Irma skirted the Island, Puerto Rico has seen their death toll rise to 34 as of October 4th, with many still unaccounted for, and has suffered catastrophic damage including complete destruction of its previously damaged electrical grid, accumulating losses estimated at $40-85 billion USD; and

WHEREAS, of the 3.4 million people living in the Island, 95% are without power, less than half the population have potable water, 95% have no cell phone service and approximately 80% of the territory's agriculture has been lost, causing historic catastrophe and a humanitarian crisis in urgent need of attending; and

WHEREAS, at 13:14 Central Time on September 19th, a 7.1 earthquake struck the metropolitan area of Mexico City, with an epicenter in Puebla, located just 34 miles south of Mexico, causing the collapse of more than 40 buildings, trapping people inside, creating large plumes of dust, starting fires, killing 367 people, and injuring more than 6,000; and

WHEREAS, the September 19th quake coincidentally occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people, hitting just two hours after a drill was conducted to commemorate the 1985 earthquake, and twelve days after an even larg...

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