More than half of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities are still completely isolated due to roads blocked and communication towers down. Many are bracing themselves, knowing it could be four to six months before power is restored.
Finally, an encouraging sight came when FEMA arrived on the island Thursday. FEMA is now assessing the damage and how to best get the island back on the road to recovery.
You can help the recovery efforts without ever leaving the Carolinas or having to go to Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte wants people to know you can help by simply going to their website. Those donations will go directly to the local Red Cross Chapter in Puerto Rico.
They also plan to host a few fundraisers. On September 20, they will be at the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, 6401 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC. On October 1, they will be collecting donations at Punta Cana restaurant on South Boulevard and at all Compare Foods locations.
The first lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosello, also starting "The United for Puerto Rico" campaign, targeting business in the private sector to help get Puerto Rico back to normal as quickly as possible.More