With the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico approaching, the has announced new commitments to address ongoing recovery efforts in the region, prepare for this year's hurricane season, and address long-term recovery needs.
Announced during the second meeting of the at the , the commitments will address critical needs in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Barbuda. They include a pledge made by to strengthen the communications and technology infrastructure in the region and, working with , , , and others, to pre-position equipment, deploy staff, provide training, and create data-sharing platforms that will support real-time decision making by responders. Other organizations making commitments include the , which will expand its with the goal of increasing resiliency and economic opportunity in an additional twenty-four communities on the island; , , and , which will install solar systems at six schools in Dominica; and , which will expand its Hurricane Preparedness Programs and distribute modules and packs containing basic medical supplies to hurricane-prone areas in the U.S. and Caribbean.
In addition, the committed to work with and the to study the feasibility of reintroducing cotton as a crop to Puerto Rico and make recommendations based on those findings; and the pledged to donate and distribute fifty thousand — durable collapsible solar lanterns — to communities on the island without reliable access to the power grid; and SteadiCam Associates and Trieste Associates, Inc. committed to producing a documentary series focused on critical innovations in agriculture, energy, and infrastructure as a way to promote recovery and long-term resilience on the island and in the region.
"I'm so grateful for all the members of the CGI community who are working not only to address the current challenges, but to support each other's efforts to improve lives across the Caribbean region," said former president Bill Clinton. "We must remember that there's another hurricane season already upon us. We need to continue our efforts, working together to repair the past in a way that makes the future more resilient."
For more information on the , see the Clinton Foundation website.