The Facebook Connectivity Team Is on Its Way to Puerto Rico

Facebook is also donating $1.5 million to NetHope and the World Food Programme

Mark Zuckerberg wrote, 'Communication is critical during a disaster'
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Facebook is helping to get Puerto Rico back online following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post that the social network’s connectivity team is on its way to Puerto Rico to “deliver emergency telecommunications assistance to get the systems up and running.”

Facebook is also donating $1.5 million to NetHope and the World Food Programme.

And the social network is donating Facebook ads so that users in the region can “get critical information … on how to get assistance and stay safe.”

Zuckerberg wrote, “Communication is critical during a disaster. With 90 percent of cell towers on the island out of service, people can’t get in touch with their loved ones, and it’s harder for rescue workers to coordinate relief efforts.”