No power grid, no web: FEMA should waive Puerto Rico's application deadline

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Hurricane Maria wiped out Puerto Rico's power grid. Since mid-September, the entire island has been without electricity, and its cell phone service is extremely limited. 

Yet, FEMA is telling island residents to submit disaster relief applications on its website, or over the phone. It is impossible to apply for help without access to Internet and cell service.

Additionally, there is a deadline: those who can't apply within the next 30 days will miss it.

Given that 95 % of the island is without electricity, 98% of the island will need FEMA assistance, most residents don't have cellphone service, and the it could take up to six months for power to be restored, the Federal Government should waive the application deadline and FEMA should provide an alternative application method until ALL Puerto Ricans have access to the Internet.  



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