The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said they will be conducting an “air bridge” which will transport people from Puerto Rico to U.S. mainland. Since there is a limited number of functional hotels and shelters, FEMA will pay for flights to relocate. After the repairs are completed, those residents can choose to return to their homes in Puerto Rico. This is the first time FEMA has done such an operation. About 3,000 people currently living in shelters will be the first group to go. The rest will be offered a chance to join.
Those US citizens are temporarily relocating to states like Florida or New York, though an agreement is still being worked out with FEMA. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, specifically chose those two states because they have big Puerto Rican communities. After hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans moved to Florida because many of them were in a situation where they could not survive or work. About 60% of the island still does not have power.