The M+G+R Foundation
Puerto Rico After
Another Warning to Humanity
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The purposes of this Guest Document are:
(a) Illustrate - with facts - why
Oregon Senator Brian Boquist warned his constituents (1) - and all of the U.S. by
- about what not expect
from Local, State and Federal authorities in
case of any kind of calamity - natural or man made.
(b) Illustrate, using the words of a close collaborator of The M+G+R Foundation and now one
victim of Hurricane Maria, the reason why we keep exhorting one and all
to: (i) keep your eyes fixed on Jesus; and (ii) let your soul, at all
times, be guided by the Holy Spirit of God. Mrs. R.M. thought that she
had the faith to
face whatever was to come, yet she did not - in spite of the fact that
she would be considered by anyone a woman of solid faith who brought up
her children enveloped in the Holy Sacraments.
(c) Give ample examples as to what to expect in our high tech society
when calamity strikes.
Denial is not an option because, whether you like it or not
all of the
globe will soon be faced with similar situations and the best option is
to be prepared, spiritually first and then physically.
We continue to wash our virtual hands from any responsibility for not
having warned the world about what has taken place and is taking place,
in many places already, and what is to come upon the entire world
sooner than anyone may think.
Hurricane Maria formed on September
2017. It struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. It dissipated on
October 3, 2017.
Puerto Rico is a protectorate of the U.S. with an area of 8,870 sq.
(3,425 sq. miles) with a population of about 3 million
residents at the moment of the hurricane impact.
To place those numbers in perspective: The city of Houston (Texas)
an area of 1,600 sq. km. (600 sq. miles) and a population of 7 million
inhabitants. If we
were to consider the Houston Metroplex: its area covers is 26,000 sq.
km. (10,000 sq. miles) and we would not even venture a guess on
As you read Mrs. R.M.'s report, try to visualize the destruction that
hit Puerto Rico imposed in the Houston Metroplex and the consequences
that 7 to 10 million people would have to face. Then, spread that
vision to include to the entire U.S. and the rest of globe.
Obviously, this has been another warning (2) from the Virgin Mary
(Maria in Spanish).
[The following text is the full text of a letter received from Mrs.
R.M., a letter which we publish with her permission after having
reviewed the final draft.]
As you probably know, Hurricane Maria left the island with no
electrical power; no potable water, no TV stations, one radio station,
mobile phone communication, very little land line phone
communication, very few gas stations in operation ( if they had gas to
pump, only those
with power generators could function), very few ice plants in
operation, very few supermarkets in
operation, no ATM or banking operations, very few pharmacies in
operation, no Internet, a great number of bridges and roads
destroyed, every single river out of
their natural banks caused by 30 inches of water - after approximately
18 continuous hours of hurricane rain, more than 100,000 wooden
houses lost (disappeared - by wind or by flood - or without roof).
Hospitals were in crisis due to the fact that there was no diesel fuel
dispatched for their generators. Hurricane Maria was a new experience
for our generation. The death toll directly associated to the actual
of the hurricane was very low. We were all very Thankful to God for
that - a
monster had just passed and we survived.
Three days went by before the majority of the population could get out
of their immediate communities. Every single one had to cut trees
and remove debris in order to make their way through their neighborhood.
Then.... after those three days, real chaos began.
We began the survival process: Entire communities were isolated
due to destroyed bridges and/or roads,
hour-long lines for the acquisition of gasoline and ice while all
transportation and port activity collapsed.
Buying food with the remaining cash (we were accustomed to keep 3 days
of supplies of food in our homes
in case of emergencies) was difficult and the lines were long. Existing
every-day supplies in the stores were low due to the taxes on inventory
the government. There were long lines for getting potable water -
began to collect rain water as well as water from natural springs and
creeks. Laundry was done in nearby large bodies of water while the
homeless refugees numbered in the thousands.
After a week, mobile phone communication began in only some areas.
People, inside and outside of the island, were desperate trying to
learn about the fate of their families. In many cases, two or three
weeks went by before getting any information about one's family.
The control tower at the airport was damaged by the hurricane. Because
of that only 6 flights per day were allowed; logically, the prices
skyrocketed. The US military arrived after the first or second week (I
do not remember with clarity right now) and was dedicated to: (a)
escort fuel tanks trailers to gas stations, hospitals and communication
towers (for mobile phone and radio retransmission); (b)
dispense water and food
supplies to the whole island - the 78 municipalities - by land or
by air; and (c) to make an
inventory of the damages suffered by the utilities infrastructure of
the island. Several weeks went by before banking operations began.
The FCC regulations made the above mentioned communication towers use a
new technology. They discarded the previous technology leaving them
fully dependent on electrical power for retransmission. The only radio
station that was on the air during the hurricane was the one that
maintained the older technology. To make the situation worse, those
towers did not have power generators to operate. After the emergency,
the island did not have the required power generators necessary to
operate more than 1600 towers.
After the first month people continued in the same survival mode.
Eventually about half a million residents abandoned the island
leaving behind the
elderly, their remaining possessions and their pets. The flights of
refugees were paid by the U.S. government as part of a FEMA assistance
program. The majority of homeless moved with relatives or left the
island with their own resources. As of
now FEMA has 10,000 refugees staying in hotels in the U.S. mainland.
The toll death related to the hurricane began to increase, this
time due to the limited availability of electrical power. Normal work
routine did not begin maybe until the end of second month. School
system resumed on November. Some people had to bury their loved ones on
their yards because the governmental procedures had collapsed.
After six months, the normal water supply was restored to most of the
island, TV and radio stations, as well as mobile phone service were
also restored. However, electrical power and fixed line telephone
service are far from full recovery. Suicide and crime rates have gone
up, as well as elderly mortality. Hundreds of business and the jobs
associated with them have disappeared. Road communication is
complicated due to bridge damage or their complete destruction and the
economy of the island worsened (as if that could ever be imagined due
to the bankruptcy situation that we had prior to Hurricane Maria).
In three more months we will be again in the hurricane season with all
the systems in fragile condition.
The government of Puerto Rico was not prepared for the kind of
emergency caused by Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria struck. But
the US government was not either.
We have a area of 8,870 sq. Km (3,425 sq. miles) with about 3 millions
residents at the moment of the impact. We were the sign, if you allow
me the metaphor, to the continental US as to what could happen to them
in a catastrophic situation. We were the training camp for emergency
response and recovery procedures. In both, Puerto Rico and the US have
We are the showcase of the limited real power and limited
resources of both governments, for those with eyes to see. I believed
their enemies are taking notes. I believe we were one of the first
pangs of the childbirth of the woman, occurred 3 days before the sign
in the sky on the 23rd of September: that is kind of prophetic.
I believe the pangs will be more intense and more frequent in the
continental US until the war arrives. One of our primary problems is to
believe that the government saves. Because of that I believe God is
allowing more troubles trying to call our attention to Him only. But
people are blind. This past weekend, we faced historical tides (of 30
feet high), worst than those of Hurricane Maria: the north coastal
roads were closed and the coastal houses and business were flooded by
Most of my children left Puerto Rico. Only one was with me during the
storm. My wooden house remain, but windows, road, electric system and
water system were affected. I am not able to stay there yet although I
am working - to the extent that I am available - to solve it. I am not
sure if God wants me the return. I am waiting an answer to my prayers
in that point.
Then, I will act as He moves and allows me.
Until last December some of my personal belongings were in my car -
it was my "home". Since January I have a temporary place. God always
provided a secure roof for sleeping and economic provisions because I
could not work until the last week of November. And that work was
provided by Him during only five weeks.
I saw the hand of Our Father during all those months. Yesterday He made
one more miracle for me: In the morning I received a notification that
the $1281.00 reimbursement of taxes from 2014 was sent by the
government to the bankruptcy process court yet, in the afternoon mail I
received the check payment of $1281.00 from the government.
I am happy, detached of material things, living one day at a time,
without future plans. My wish is not to recover the previous normality,
but to leave my eyes fixed to Him. It is the only possible way of
walking through all the chaos left by the hurricane and to come in the
For a moment, I lost the focus on Him and I admitted it and repented to
God because the worst in me (to my own dislike) appeared. Focusing on
the chaos and our problems and tiredness is destructive. We must remain
focused on His promises, hope, His justice, His righteousness, Our
eternal Home, His plan, His love for us, and move in His flow and His
will with confidence.
We are not the main character of this story, He is. And He takes care
of His sheep's (we are the secondary characters). This does not mean we
are immune to the suffering of others: the tears that I have shed are
not by my own cause or situation, but by those who lose hope. I am
learning and accepting that that is the way His Heart is. There are so
many situations of suffering and the only thing we could do is to pray
The reader may draw his/her own conclusions from the above report and
act accordingly. Our responsibility ends as we make this document and
Senator Boquist Legislative Update (1)
available to everyone in
Legislative Update –
Emergency Preparedness by Senator Brian Boquist - Oregon State Senator
warnings.... many of them having turned into bloody realities
Published on March 14th, 2018
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