VIDEO: What Everyday Life Is Like in Puerto Rico Now

by | Dec 15, 2017 | Headline News | 62 comments

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    This report was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper


    In Puerto Rico, everything has changed since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 3 months ago.

    Many people have no running water. And if they do, it can’t be consumed without boiling.

    There’s no electricity in many regions.

    Supplies are scarce.

    I’ve written about the SHTF aftermath in Puerto Rico, both the day after the storm,  a week after, and a couple of months later. But while there is a lot of good information in all those articles, it’s just words on a page.

    The video below brings it to life. This is what life looks like for people who have just watched everything be turned upside down by Mother Nature.


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        • Maybe it’s time to relocate……..

          • Not one of a-hole are doing anything to better their situation. They are just waiting for someone else to fix it for them.

            • I am working down here with the power grid and that’s pretty much, exactly what I’m seeing.

            • Seems that is exactly what this video was about.

              (it takes my mom an hour to boil now) well when the flame is 4” below the pot thats to be expected.

              • True, i would have found a brick or flat rock or a book or a piece of wood to put the can on so it can be higher, but people who are dependent upon society wouldn’t think of that.

            • Said rescuer is the landlord or business owner.

              That can be you.


          In other words, normal.

      2. These folks are among the lucky ones, many have it way way wayyyy worse.
        101 reasons to be prepared!

        • How will you react when family comes begging in shtf?

          ht tp://

          • i will welcome them in because I have prepped not just for my family, but for others as well.

            I bug out location is another family member just as their bug out location is my house.

        • Yet, the castigating of Trump mayor of San Juan just awarded $113,000,000 in bonuses to government workers – sounds like hush money and paid guns when needed. Could have leased many electrical generators and water pumps and purification systems for that amount of money.

      3. Most (majority) of people in Puerto Rico “DO NOT” pay federal income taxes that go to the federal government. Federal government workers “DO” pay federal income taxes.

        If you notice the statement was it was the “federal governments responsibility to help us”. Yep–most of PR is on the take. Give us more free stuff. How about being a little more prepared. Like having a water filter in your house.

        Also notice in the video the type of houses people lived in. All wooden framed and plywood walled shacks. What do you expect? Several of my PR friends here at work in Florida own concrete block homes in PR and had no damage at all. Go figure.

        • thats because it is better to build out of wood according to the rico government (a relative was hired to investigate building cost etc was fired when they proved concrete was cheaper and safer)

      4. The island had shanties pretty much and the electrical system was frail prior to the hurricane…

        They were fiscally going belly up even then so I doubt the storm helped???

        • Maybe send them copies of the 3 little pigs?

          • You mean “tres pequeño credos”

            Don’t forget who your audience is.

      5. It appears that primitivism, which works, is better than a welfare state, that is broken. They could have all the same plants, if not the plantation.

        • Every puerto rico resident could be making money hand over fist. Everyone of them could have a well paying job reconstructing that island, but no, they would rather wait for the FEDS and other to do the work.

      6. I notice the one constant is that everyone sits around on their ass waiting for someone to come help. They haven’t even tried to clean up their property. Here in South Texas we cleaned the place up and put things back together ourselves. Nobody waited on the FEMA busybodies. They do nothing but paperwork anyway.
        Perhaps we had more to work with but I don’t see these people doing ANYTHING.

        • It does seem like a bunch of liberal clowns sitting around and waiting for good ole Uncle Sammy to come and do the heavy lifting as these mutts are very used to. Here is a thought: Get off of your fat, lazy ass and clean up your own damn property. If you have no pride or ambition, well, to hell with you, you damn bums…Christ, what is really wrong with society? IT has been 3 months and you haven’t cleaned up your own stuff??

          • LMAO

        • In Florida – it’s the same as in Texas. People got out there and got busy immediately. But, consider that the entire island was hit. They can’t drive say 50 miles to a Home Depot/Lowes/Ace Hardware. They didn’t have multi-State responses from outside electrical crews. There is no grocery store beyond the city limits to run to. It is an island that was hit in its entirety. I’m not really defending them; but, they have not the resources. Furthermore, being remotely located and having a corrupt and already financially broken Territory before the hurricanes……. they are well and truly “F”‘d. I’d offer that Stephanie a home if she knows how to cook and clean. That may be the solution – all kidding aside. Do an adopt a PR for Christmas. Pay the air-fares and strike a deal.

        • I noticed that also. with ALL the debris around from broken houses you could built a few. But NO we just want everything to given to us. You live on a F-in island that has a history of this type event. You didn’t prepare too DAMN Bad. Get off your ass’s and do something to prove you are at least trying. After Irma here in Fla. we were out within hours cleaning up clearing roadways etc. The difference between Day and Night.

        • Yeah, they showed a picture of the womens kitchen twice and the lower cupboard doors were still open and trash was all over the floor. Why didn’t they pick up the big stuff, sweep the floor and closed the cupboard doors? I see what you mean about being lazy!

      7. I was in grid down PUERTO RICO…Prepare for chaos, social unrest & disruptions to the supply chain. Value life & liberty. Please Subscribe. -Corey @ Prepared 2 Thrive (on YouTube)

      8. Heyyyy…..I liiiive here gays….whadda fug? I still gotta a tree in my yard an a hole in my roof….u all are mean….

        • And your playing on the internet, not working to fix it. Go FFF yourself.

      9. I feel for these folks, but when you get hit by to CAT 5 hurricanes what do you expect. Some one waiving a wand and everything is back to the way it was. That’s Fairy tail land.


        • tale

          • He had a homosexual moment..fairy tail

            • Fairy tail land is San Fagcisco.

          • No I have I t right. A bunch of asses wanting some one else to do everything for them!!!!

      10. $500 is like nothing? Ungrateful f**ks! I would love for someone to give me $500 in a SHTF situation! Or anytime for that matter.

      11. Not too much sympathy from me. A half @ss culture reaps what they sow. Was good to see them taking charge and making things better.

      12. I could care less about them. for the most part they are Taking Parasites who need to be culled.

        • Ditto..

      13. I hate to see people suffer, but Puerto Rico is a territory and not a state. The U.S. has repeatedly offered statehood to Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans repeatedly voted against statehood because they felt it would diminish their status and undermine their sovereignty.

        In fact I lived there many years ago when a statehood vote took place and was overwhelmingly voted down. They felt they were better off on their own. Well the reality is staring them in the face now. They realize now that when it comes to federal aid, state’s first and everyone else is a distant second place.

        They have no one blame but themselves for their lack of insight. Now the very same Puerto Ricans who voted against statehood and flooding into Florida as fast as they can leaving the rest to fend for themselves under inhospitable conditions.

        It’s hard for me to muster sympathy for a people who denigrated statehood and now expect a massive handout from the American Taxpayer to rebuild their failed socialist experiment.

        • Just what we need, another state full of worthless commie naggers. Fook em!

          • Genius, that ship has left the port. I don’t see any way for Puerto Rico to become a U.S. state now. Not in the bankrupted state they got themselves into.

            However we have a much bigger problem. The socialist liberal Puerto Ricans flooding into the U.S. will vote for the same things they voted for in Puerto Rico which led to the Islands insolvency. They will almost certainly vote Democrat and change the balance of political power wherever they settle. That is my big concern, especially here in Florida.

            So I’m enjoying the breath of fresh air Donald Trump has brought us while it last. Dark changes may be on the horizon.

            • When alaska and Hawaii became states the congress allowed it because alaska was Republican and hawaii was democrat, so it evened out.

              But puerto rico is 100% socialist democrat.

              • >>”But puerto rico is 100% socialist democrat.”<<

                That is 100% true. And I believe that is what caused Puerto Rico to fail. The U.S. mainland is receiving hundreds of thousands of these socialist democrats since they were allowed to leave the island. There is no way to stop it.

                Their fiscal failure occurred long before the hurricane destruction occurred, and the Puerto Rican government is using the hurricane as cover to deflect attention from their bankruptcy. Trump has repeatedly tried to tell Americans that Puerto Rico is not only devastated by natural disaster, it is also bankrupt. I think this has fallen on deaf ears largely.

      14. Gotta love brown people?

        • Yes, when they’re on their knees. LBFMs.

      15. Liberals being liberals being victims.


        • gotta blame whitey….

      16. Let’s be fair! Who could have reasonably predicted a Cat 5 Hurricane at the point where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic Ocean? Don’t you think it’s reasonable that if anyone had ever warned them of the possibility of a Hurricane, that they would have been preparing for it, for years?

        • Why prepare when FEMA is there to give you a handout?

        • I don’t believe that the hurricanes were “natural”. I believe that the ptb steered them towards all these places using HAARP.

      17. Libtards couldn’t tell the truth if their buts were hanging in the hole to hell.

        I feel for them, I do, but they are a libtard country that desperately wanted to leave the U.S. now they desperately want U.S. help. It would be wasted money. And their typical libtard attitudes, and politics, are why they are in the boat they are in.

        On the other side of it, yes, more should be done. There is no more excuse. But it is silly to blame a president who’s hogtied by never trumpers, and can’t even get simple things done in the U.S.

        And the little island of never trumpers should expect that the never trumpers are going to do all they can to make the country, and president, they hate look bad!

        • Puerto Rico is about the same as Mexico as far as government corruption and drug cartels running the show.

          Look at this web site and see how many cops get killed in Puerto Rico.

          WAY MORE than the US average. that tells it all.

      18. OK puorto Rico not a us state but are they not stratiagastly sorry for bad spelling, in a good place to repel any threat from the cumunistst countrys that could launch a attack from that area,Russia,Cuba,Disney land and maybe China,north Korea.
        Trump wake up man your going to need allies or somewhere to hide when the shit goes down,help them now or you won’t have any friends at all.
        Why is FEMA not doing fa to help. maybe you already got yoooour bunker ready.
        Lost faith in America from UK watcher ,you just another puppet on a string ,.typical politition ,full of false promises

      19. give them back to spain

      20. My son just came back from Puerto Rico yesterday and he said that it was nothing but a cluster f–k.

        • was the Cluster FK before the hurricane or after?

          • I’ve been to PR many times over the last decade, and yes it always has been a clusterfuck. I know some good people there but the majority of puertoricans are dumbfucks and the cops and govt officials are so very corrupt. Just like mexico.

      21. The blame Trump narrative is pathetic.
        Before the hurricane Puerto Rico was screaming for succession. I say give it to them.

      22. The Puerto Ricans who are leaving are probably the ones that have the most to add to the recovery. They are close to the scene and have decided to bail. They are probably the best trained and able to find jobs in the U.S. It can happen in our towns, like in Texas and Florida. Generators are in high demand and one of the first things stolen. Thieves locate them by their sound. Because of their fumes, you can’t run them indoors. Hard to protect. The gas can that the one man was using is designed for safety and on the expensive side. Even the small generators are expensive. How can people who live in such shacks have them if they are not stolen?

      23. Countries become corrupt from the Bottom-UP. In PR, they have almost never paid electric bills, because when they first got electricity over the whole island, they were more prosperous and the PR govt. subsidized it for free! Later, when the govt. got into so much debt giving things away for free (a misnomer, actually, electricity was paid for with taxes.) the debt incurred was in the form of bonds they did not appropriate money to pay both interest and principle on. Junk. When bond holders demanded some kind of payment, the govt. borrowed it. Usually by issuing, you guessed it, more junk bonds, which they would then borrow more money to pay when due. This is why they were 70 billion in debt, they couldn’t borrow any more to pay their debts, the electric grid was falling down from one end to another (they didn’t pay for maint. or upgrades for 40 yrs.) and Maria was just frosting on the cake. Wreck a falling down system, with no capital in either govt. or business, and attempt to resurrect it with nothing but handouts, and you’ve got what you saw in the video. I saw them as soldiers in the Army, and we’d discharge them by the plane load, because they always were wanting to welch on their debts. They made lousy soldiers, and their construction standards are abysmal. The PRs at the docks are stealing half the stuff that comes in anyway, same as at the airport. The place will never straighten itself out until a little integrity takes over. You want them to have a place to go for refuge? Send them to New Orleans, it was made for liars and thieves. Chocolate City.

      24. plaza las americas still selling the dream……stupid gringos work is for fools

      25. The people in Haiti have been living under blue tarps since the earthquake. Why have they not taken their own action to re build? Sure, you need money to build a house but you are in the tropics. Its easy to build a grass hut and start over… but no, they are waiting for Uncle Sap to rescue them. It does not say in any place in the US Constitution that the US is the policeman of the world and that we are responsible for spreading Democracy in the world. The Clintons came in to Haiti and collected many millions for aid and gave out less than 10%. They were being investigated till one of the officials who was going to testify ” mysteriously died”.. So why should we help PR when they are waiting for us to give them aid…and doing nothing to help themselves?….They wanted a Socialist Democratic gov’t and they got it. It is so corrupt that the PR economy was bankrupt before the hurricane. The state of the corrupt utility was proof. It was forecast to collapse before the hurricane and it lived…er died per the expectation. The only fear we should have is that these socialist people will come to the mainland and demand welfare….welfare that they have not paid one cent into….America will destruct unless we tell Haiti and PR you have got to get uour self out of your own mess. The US can’t afford to help you…

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