Governor John Bel Edwards is in Puerto Rico today along with leaders of the Louisiana National Guard and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to observe and give support to the island nation as it recovers from Hurricane Maria.
The governor’s communications director Shauna Sanford says Louisiana understands the immense recovery effort Puerto Rico is facing.
"We certainly have relied on the help and assistance from others. So now we are in a position to offer assistance and help as well and that is exactly what our governor is helping and leading in."
Shortly after the storm, Louisiana launched a donation drive for Puerto Rico and Sanford says the state has sent approximately 100 pallets worth of essential items from diapers to non-perishable formula to help in the recovery efforts.
"Those have been taken there to Puerto Rico and they are available to help and our teams that are there are going to assist in the dissemination of those goods."
Sanford says the governor is wanting to provide insight for Puerto Rico’s leaders to help make their recovery quick and efficient.
"Helping with everything from cleanup to talking about housing and really the people and equipment that will be necessary to help with the recovery effort."
The governor will return to Louisiana Tuesday.