January 7, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Deploys State Power Authority Officials to Puerto Rico to Assist with Earthquake Response

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Team of 10 NYPA Experts on the Ground Working to Address Recent Blackouts and Stabilize the Island's Power Systems to Avoid Power Outages


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today deployed personnel from the New York Power Authority to Puerto Rico to assist in emergency response efforts following this morning's back-to-back earthquakes that caused widespread blackouts across most of the island.


"During difficult times, the State of New York always stands with and supports our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico—and today is no different," Governor Cuomo said. "I am directing the New York Power Authority to deploy technical experts to work with the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority to restore power as quickly as possible. This team will begin a damage assessment today and assist with the process of restarting the electric grid as soon as they feel major power plants are stable once aftershocks have ceased. We are closely monitoring this situation and will remain in constant contact with local leaders to ensure the people of Puerto Rico are safe and have the resources they need to deal with this situation." 


NYPA has deployed multiple teams of technical power grid experts to assist Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria and already has a team of ten experts on the ground that has been working to address recent blackouts and stabilize the island's power systems to avoid power outages. Once this team has completed its work to help restore power after the earthquake, it will resume its collaborative efforts with PREPA to harden Puerto Rico's electric system so it is better prepared to withstand all kinds of natural disasters in the future. 

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