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On July 11, 2019

Bell Ringer: Hurricane Maria Recovery in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria Recovery

This clip features Omar Merrero, Director of Puerto Rico's Central Office of Recovery and Reconstruction, testifying in Congress about the Commonwealth's recovery efforts.


This bellringer focuses on the testimony of Omar Marrero, Director of the Commonwealth's Central Office of Recovery and Reconstruction, and his thoughts regarding successes and failures following Hurricane Maria.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Based on the clip, what was the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico?
  • According to Mr. Marrero, what role did climate change play in this disaster and what steps should be taken to prevent future disasters?
  • While Mr. Marrero is appreciative of the federal government's assistance, what issues does he say still persist?
  • How does the speaker compare recovery efforts in Puerto Rico to other areas of the United States?
  • Do you think that Puerto Rico's status as a Commonwealth has played a role in the recovery efforts? Why or why not?

Additional Resources



    • Commonwealth
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Hurricane Maria
    • Infrastructure
    • Luminescence
    • Revenue
    • Territory


    Bureaucracy & RegulationEnvironmental Policy & Land UseFederalism and State IssuesState History


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