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CEHC Students Aid Puerto Rico

UAlbany students help with clean up in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
 Brian Busher

Last May, 30 College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) students and two staff volunteers answered the call to aid Puerto Rico, which is still struggling with the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. 

The group joined 500 SUNY Maritime cadets and 13 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) students for the four-day service trip, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative. Partnering with local non-profit rebuilding organizations, the students assisted farmers in their efforts to restore trade-based agriculture, repainted a community center, prepared damaged roofs for repair, and removed debris from beaches and roadways.

UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez and Betito Marquez, mayor of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, welcomed the volunteers and toured several of the project sites.

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