Deadly Earthquakes Strike Puerto Rico

January 8, 2020

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A string of earthquakes recently struck Puerto Rico. The largest, a 6.4 magnitude lethal quake, hit early Tuesday morning (around 4AM) causing massive power outages, water, and structural damage to homes, roads, businesses, bridges and of post office installations.

Governor Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency stating, “We have not been exposed to this kind of emergency in 102 years.”

"Citizen security is a priority, so vulnerable areas are being inspected and all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all Puerto Ricans,” Vásquez said.

Prior to the state of emergency declaration, Puerto Rico Area Local President Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Del Valle urged members to proceed with caution and safety. “Evaluate the situation taking into consideration your safety and your family,” he continued, “No work is worth more than our lives.”

Given the upsurge of natural disasters, it is important that local Safety and Health Committees are proactive and prepared to address emergency natural disasters to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each and every postal worker. 

To support your union family in Puerto Rico, donations can be sent directly to:

Puerto Rico Area Local APWU

1426 Calle San Rafael

 San Juan, PR 00909

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