FEMA officials say their priorities in Puerto Rico remain on the timely delivery of food, water, medicine, and utilities, as well the sustaining of the island's hospitals. They say that once those goals have been achieved, they will reopen schools, ideally by October 23rd.
Currently, 42 roads remain uncleared, 34 of which have suffered major damage, and 18 bridges remain collapsed. Puerto Rican officials say that they are entering the re-building phase of their recovery, and announced the creation of six public-private sector alliances, which they estimate will create 7,000 jobs and generate 300- and 400-million-dollars' worth of construction.
The construction will focus on transportation, the generation of clean energy, the modernization of parking systems, and the improvement of student life.