Our recent work has taken us around the hurricane battered island of Puerto Rico as we film for clients producing documentaries showing not just the terrible effects of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, but the incredible work done by first responders, FEMA, and other services. It is a privilege to stand alongside men and women whose daily work literally saves lives. With official death tolls currently in the mid-teens we have seen and heard reports of true figures being vastly higher. Once all is said and done we will have been through one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history, the aftermath of which has already been a rude awakening for a government who can safely be categorized as “resting on their laurels”, since various revelations regarding awarded contracts and badly maintained grid services.
Where the island goes next is unsure. Tourism has been replaced by emergency services and contractors rebuilding an infrastructure that was already at a critical point of breaking. It will be many years before Puerto Rico returns to its previous state, if ever.