Amazon Sends Plane Loaded With Supplies to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria Relief
Add Amazon to the list of tech companies contributing to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
On September 20, Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 storm knocked out power and communications, and destroyed roads and buildings on the Caribbean island, leading to a situation that has been described as “apocalyptic.” It did not help that response and relief efforts from the United States government have been slow-moving.
The online retail giant is not the only tech company stepping in. Last week, Tesla Motors (TSLA) started sending Powerwall battery systems to the island. These battery packs collect and store solar energy for household use. Tesla co-founder Elon Musk personally donated $250,000.
Shortly after the storm, wireless carriers T-Mobile (TMUS) and AT&T waived text and cell phone charges for people trying to reach friends and family in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands up until September 24, and both companies also set up a web sites to help reach people in Puerto Rico.