More than ten months after the hurricane devastated the island, potable water was still in short supply and electricity was, at best unreliable and sporadic. Inhabitants had to trek daily, sometimes for miles, carrying their buckets and bottles, waiting in long lines, just for enough of the precious, clean water to survive.
Resources, some from the federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but mostly from the local governments, businesses, and generous donors, helped to pay for relief supplies and arranged for pallets flown in from the mainland with bottled water. The logistics of getting the water distributed, particularly to the more remote sections of the island were challenging.
The people of the island continued to suffer, storm-related deaths continued to mount. But the president has everything under control. He gave himself an A-plus for the way he handled the disaster, despite the fact that the island was surrounded by “big water.”
And the president considered his crowning achievement to be when he showed up on the island and lifted the residents’ morale when he tossed them rolls of paper towels.
Yes, the president is definitely a “roll” model for the people of Puerto Rico.
Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Photo credit: MorgueFile May 2018 1421077743edokn.