Six months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the initial phase of emergency disaster relief has concluded and the island has entered into a full-fledged long-term recovery and rebuilding phase. This report marks this important turning point and is divided into three sections:
I. TIME LINE
The most salient events and media headlines are provided here with a context to understand where is the island currently. This section focuses on the impact of the hurricane and emergency disaster relief.
II. DISASTER RELIEF AND THE FEDERAL POLICY AGENDA MOVING FORWARD
The second section examines disaster relief, divided into the two broad categories of response and recovery. An estimated $23.2 billion of federal recovery funds are earmarked or have been distributed to Puerto Rico. However, it is still not clear how many more of federal funds could be further allocated to Puerto Rico relief efforts.
III. POST-HURRICANE MARIA MASSIVE EXODUS REDEFINES THE DIASPORA
The final section of the report is devoted to examining the massive Post-Hurricane Maria exodus and how it is redefining the diaspora. The section begins offering an estimate of the Puerto Rican post-disaster relocation by states. School enrollment data is used to project total population relocation by states. More than 135,000 Puerto Ricans so far have relocated stateside from the island after the hurricane.