Though it has been taken out of commission for events for the remainder of 2017, the Puerto Rico Convention Center will resume normal operations beginning in January of 2018, officials have announced.
As they coordinate the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the PRCC as their command center, and 600 FEMA workers, contractors and National Guard members will be headquartered at the convention center for the remainder of 2017.
The PRCC has become a temporary shelter to 200 evacuees and victims from the surrounding Caribbean Islands who were displaced because of the hurricane. Officials say that many of Puerto Rico’s hotels are housing local and international relief workers, law enforcement and government officials, as well as guests. A number of them are also providing Wi-Fi hotspots.
“Our love and prayers go to all those effected by the tragic events in Las Vegas, as well as our friends in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands who are facing the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. We are heartened by the messages we have received from everyone in the events and entertainment industry. It is reassuring to know that as an industry we come together as one to help each other in times of trouble,” said a media release from AEG Facilities, parent company of the PRCC management company.
“We salute the strength of our colleagues at the Puerto Rico Convention Center who are providing active support for the relief efforts. The PRCC is fully operational and was well prepared for the hurricanes with a full supply of diesel for numerous back-up generators and was well stocked with food and beverage supplies.”