Among the 35 shelters open throughout Puerto Rico, the government enabled four shelters for people with special medical needs, such as those who need respirators or machinery, but who do not have a generator in their homes.
These shelters, identified as' type 2 shelters', are managed by the Department of Health and are located in the Tomás Dones de Fajardo Coliseum, the Lila Mayoral School in Ponce, the Alejandro Tapia and Rivera school in San Juan, and the Manuel field 'Petaca' Iguina in Arecibo.
The director of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD by its Spanish acronym), Carlos Acevedo, said that these shelters intend to avoid what happened after Hurricane Maria, when there were people who died precisely because they had no electricity to maintain these respirator systems.
"Those shelters have been prepared since last night. All four are prepared by the Department of Health. We are guaranteeing that they have an electric generator and cistern. The Department of Health has one or two doctors with their nurses, assisting people who need to be connected to a machine," Acevedo said at a press conference.
He added, "we don't what happened with Maria to happen again, when this type of shelter was not available and we lost many lives. We are ensuring these shelters in the four cardinal points."
Each one of these establishments can shelter up to 50 people. Those who need personal assistance can stay there accompanied by one person.