~Rep. Bob Cortes and Rep. Rene Plasencia are joining legislative colleagues to form the FL2PR Response Team to assist Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria.~

Altamonte Springs, Fla. — Today, State Representatives Bob Cortes and Rene Plasencia announced the creation of the FL2PR Response Team to assist Puerto Rico in its recovery efforts following the devastating hit the island took from Hurricane Maria last week. The group is connecting public and private entities from Florida to provide materials needed to achieve both short- and long-term infrastructure reconstruction.

Cortes and Plasencia are part of a bipartisan group of more than 20 Florida lawmakers who are partnering with private organizations to bring relief to Puerto Rico residents. The team will coordinate assistance for the delivery of disaster supplies to help speed up infrastructure repair and will help Puerto Ricans evacuating the island with issues like education, healthcare, documents and job placement.

FL2PR Response Team will be assisting evacuees from Puerto Rico who are relocating to Florida by connecting citizens with agencies and private sector. This will include job placement opportunities with partners like NBC Universal, Disney, Sea World, and Walmart, as well as other organizations that will be joining the effort soon.

“All Americans, especially those of us with roots in Puerto Rico, are watching the devastation with broken hearts,” said Cortes. “If you have lost all your material possessions and your livelihood, political affiliation makes no difference to you. I’m honored to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle and these great corporate partners to help with this effort.”

“Since many Puerto Ricans already have family members in Florida, it makes sense that many will be looking to relocate here to rebuild their lives while the island’s infrastructure is literally being rebuilt,” said Plasencia. “This effort represents an opportunity for Floridians to reach out in a very real way to offer a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who are facing such huge challenges from Maria’s impact.”

In addition to Cortes and Plasencia, FL2PR Response Team Members from the Florida Legislature include:

Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nunez
Sen. Oscar Braynon
Rep. Jose Oliva
Rep. Robert Asencio
Sen. Anitere Flores
Sen. Victor Torres
Rep. Jose Felix Diaz
Rep. Jackie Toledo
Rep. Mike Miller
Rep. Carlos Smith
Rep. Paul Renner
Rep. Julio Gonzalez
Rep. Scott Plakon
Rep. Matt Caldwell
Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez
Rep. David Santiago
Rep. Mike LaRosa
Rep. Manny Diaz
Rep. Amy Mercado
Rep. Danny Burgess
Rep. Janet Cruz
Rep. John Cortes
Rep. Daisy Baez

The FL2PR is looking for private sector partners to assist in this most important task. Contact our office or one of the team members if you are interested in helping. Please join the Facebook page @FL2PR and Twitter @FL2PRRespTeam for more information.


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