Wow – Puerto Rico Governor Fires Emergency Response Director After Massive Warehouse of Unused Aid Discovered…

Folks, this is alarming.  An explosive video from Puerto Rico shows a massive warehouse of emergency hurricane relief supplies discovered highlighting emergency supplies delivered in the aftermath of hurricane Maria that were never distributed.

The warehouse was discovered after the recent earthquake, and the building suffering damage. After CTH initially saw the report, I had to go find the raw video to see just how much 2017 aid was being hidden in this warehouse; and the full video is simply stunning.  First, the report:

(VIA CBS) Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency management director on Saturday, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media. Some of the aid has allegedly been sitting in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.

“There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse,” Vázquez said in a statement.

Garced said in a statement that she has ordered Secretary of State Elmer Roman to conduct a “thorough investigation into the mishandling of emergency aid in a warehouse in Ponce,” CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports.

“I have given 48 hours for this investigation. The investigation is to include this warehouse and any others which may exist,” her statement read. “In the same vein, I have decided to relieve Carlos Acevedo of his duties as the commissioner of the National Emergency Management and Disaster Relief Agency.”

Vázquez said she would nominate the current Puerto Rican National Guard chief for Senate consideration to replace Acevedo. (read more)

Many CTH readers know I am a CERT response leader for Hurricane relief; and in that capacity I have a pretty good idea of logistics, costs, and the scale of moving supplies into impact zones.   After initially reading the report on twitter, and seeing a portion of the video, I went in search of the raw video to see the size and scale of this ‘warehouse’.

Here’s the longer video:

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What has been found here is a massive storage facility. I would estimate the size of the warehouse around 200,000 sq ft (minimum) based on video and exterior truck bays.

The video shows thousands of pallets, double and triple stacked, of key and essential emergency supplies. Bottled water, shelf-stable food, diapers, baby formula, blankets, tarps, tents, propane grills, propane, emergency lights, batteries, flashlights, emergency radios, potable water cans and much, much more.

To give you an idea of the scale, there’s at least 100 semi truck loads of supplies in this video, in this single warehouse.

Logistically each trailer would haul 22/24 single stack pallets, or 66/72 triple stack. With more than a dozen staged pallet jacks, this warehouse is holding serious money.

It is unfathomable these supplies were not distributed; and worse yet were likely being re-sold on the black market.

These emergency supplies and materials were delivered in 2017. On December 28th, 2019, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit Puerto Rico and President Trump authorized an additional $8.2 billion in aid….

President Trump was correct:

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377 Responses to Wow – Puerto Rico Governor Fires Emergency Response Director After Massive Warehouse of Unused Aid Discovered…

  1. frank field says:

    Oops. “Trumpy Bear” is CORRECT!

    Again. Jeesh.

    Trump for Rushmore 👓

    Liked by 3 people

    • rontcy says:

      Hummmm…..I wonder if Geraldo Rivera, will call Trump, & Apologize? How about all the Puerto Rican “People”? Trump, is the Champion of truth, & justice…..Libretards, simply cannot see that! { let them suffer}

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      • Southern Son says:

        Whorealdo.
        Fixed it for ya.

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      • Yep, went to youtube and was disgusted at the attacks on Trump during this crisis.
        CNN ripped him up and down the Dems were all accusing Trump of ignoring Puerto Rico.They succeeded in creating a Bush Katrina for Trump but, it must suck for the Dems to have GOD himself to create an earthquake and EXPOSE the lie. I wonder if he is the God Emperor.
        Did Trump renew the covenant with God our forefathers had? Miracles are afoot.

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    • rontcy says:

      I understand that there is a 450 ton piece of coal, headed for mt. Rushmore…….They are going to do a “head”, tribute to Bath House Barry……Dig a deep Cellar, & place his “head tribute there”

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    • petszmom says:

      Absolutely. The democrats are being slaughtered in the comment section.

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    • Justice says:

      Always check the Daily Mail folks. Trump is often hit by their writers every chance they get…..but readers show up in droves to down-vote all the Trump hate and up-vote all the Truth…in the comments sections. We win almost everytime on those hate stories. Usually by a very very large margin.

      DM also writes some good things about Trump and his family too, so it’s not all bad. I think they enjoy the clicks and know how to trigger us, but they actually like Trump in secret!

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  2. Emuuuu says:

    The governor was shocked, SHOCKED, to learn there was gambling taking place in this establishment …

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    Why read this? We were told at the time there was trucking and distribution interference.

    This just confirms what we knew and what was never corrected.

    Every product shipped has a risk of theft, some chief or warlord blocking it, some official needing a bribe.
    Seems like the only way is the donor being the shipper and involved with distribution.

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  4. Pew-Anon says:

    So here we have hard evidence that “foreign aid” is really nothing more than a system of buying off corrupt foreign powers while laundering part of the “aid” back to the corrupt political “buyers” here in our kleptocracy. To wit, Obama sends a plane full of cash to Iran, and after he leaves office he is suddenly wealthy enough to buy a $12 million estate in Martha’s Vineyard…after leasing AND THEN BUYING a DC house for $8 million. It’s not hard to imagine where a career community organizer comes up with $20 million for mansions after he leaves office. It’s also why the Clintons pounce on every natural disaster, clamoring for “foreign aid”. And it’s also why there are warehouses full of unused “aid” after funneling $90 billion into Puerto Rico.

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  5. Pew-Anon says:

    woops…html fail. Here’s the link to Obama’s MV estate purchase that didn’t work above…

    https://nypost.com/2019/12/06/obamas-buy-11-75m-marthas-vineyard-estate-from-celtics-owner-wycliffe-grousbeck/

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  6. Jeff Dooley says:

    It’s hard to not want to have leadership in this area be at the end of a firing squad or noose.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Shyster says:

    How many times does the U.S taxpayer have to get burned in the continuous disaster relief scams that always seem to occur. Twice as bad is the fact that not only is the taxpayer ripped off, but the lack of aid being distributed to the victims is used as a political hammer against conservatives and conservative presidents. It’s a double slap in the face. All future mass humanitarian aid should only be provided with the condition of a Federal Aid Security and Logistics Force tasked with overseeing the lawful and full distribution of the aid provided. This task force must be accountable to the president and FBI and undergo monthly real time audits. To do otherwise is a complete disservice to the taxpayer and those in need of disaster relief.

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    • Due Gonzalez says:

      In the late 1990 timeframe, my husbands aunt and uncle stopped by to visit us in Texas after touring Central America as part of an RV tour. Among the many wonderful stories they told of their adventure, this particular discussion has always stayed with me. They were in some Central American country with their tour group (and surrounded by armed guides who accompanied them throughout) they were at a scenic vista admiring the beautiful view and a newly constructed bridge traversing the river. The guide explained the bridge was built from money given by the French. The French, unlike the Americans, did not just hand over the money, they actually oversaw the entire project to insure the bridge was built. (As this was a long time ago, I am relying on my old memory that it was the French and not another European country). The guide went on to state that Americans in particular gave large amounts of money that was never used for anything other than to line corrupt pockets. And yes, we were being mocked for our ignorance. Somethings never change.

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    • Bombgod1 says:

      I would have to leave the FBI out of it. They have proven their own corruption problems.

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  8. Eric Thedeplorable says:

    What a coincidence that crooked Valerie Jaresko, former Ukraine finance minister in charge of passing out 17 billion in aide there, is now in charge of Puerto Ricos fianances.

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  9. maggiemoowho says:

    PR is disgustingly corrupt and should be cut off from all aid until the corruption ends. This is a disgrace and the monsters who kept those supplies should not just be fired, but locked up for life, never to see the light of day again.

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    • Mike Carrasco says:

      The FBI, really you seem to think the US government is any less corrupt than the those others mentioned. How many times do you fall for the same scam?

      Liked by 1 person

      • maggiemoowho says:

        I post almost everyday that we live in the most corrupt country in the world, but we don’t take aid from other countries, we give it.

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    • Mike Carrasco says:

      The FBI, really you seem to think the US government is any less corrupt than the those others mentioned. How many times do you fall for the same scam?

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    • S.Bishop says:

      Don’t be silly, the Governor, Mayor, and Emergency Management dude from PR have all thrown their hat(s) in the ring for the 2024 Presidential elections and cannot be investigated. I believe it’s called the ‘Biden rule.’

      Liked by 3 people

  10. chiefworm says:

    Time to cut Puerto Rico loose. Let them sink, swim or capsize on their own.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. chemman says:

    When will the Governor submit her resignation since this all happened on her watch.
    What we are seeing is the governor refusing to take responsibility for her own failure also.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. namberak says:

    Quick! How do we pin this on Orange Bad Man!? /s

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Dan Miller says:

    The aid oversight (nonexistent) didn’t work and everything went to Hell. Who would have thought that would happen? Let’s all wring our hands and complain like we always do. That should help make things better just like it always has. Give someone billions and then walk away. Now that is a really good plan.

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    • formerdem says:

      let’s face up to the actual trade off. We don’t stay away because we are lazy and don’t care. We stay away because if we handle it ourselves we are called “imperial ham-handed authoritarians who are insensitive and fail to call upon the local human resources who understand the situation so much better and will now be interviewed by 60 Minutes or whoever”. Of course once we have been persuaded to stay hands off then we are called “stupid indifferent lazy people who waste resources because we don’t care and it is obviously the same attitude that causes us to drive global warming”. It IS going to be name calling one way or the other. There is not any way to avoid that. No way at all.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Aeyrie says:

        Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! May as well follow your heart then, and do what what you think is right and cah live with if you will be damned either way! That’s how I get through life.

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    • mnlakes says:

      We all saw what happens if a President wants to investigate corruption.

      I’d say they taught President Trump and anyone else that wants to investigate corruption, a really good lesson.

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  14. farmerren says:

    I saw “FEMA” stickers on the goods on those pallets. Seems to me, if FEMA is going to supply it, FEMA should be there for the delivery and dispensing.

    If it means less money in the kitty because the US has to pay for more employees to do the job, so be it. More goods still may get to the people who need it, looking at that warehouse.

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  15. Bill Henslee says:

    More than one politician and truck driver had to be in on this scheme. Send the FBI down to investigate. Tell them someone has alleged that Trump knew all about it and the FBI will jump right on it.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. Dano says:

    What’s really surprising to me is that the unused aid remained unsold, the cash going into his pockets.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Aeyrie says:

      It’s called Disaster Capitalism. That’s how the parasites do it. Fine with them since they have no conscience to trouble them.

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  17. sarasotosfan says:

    This appears to be another Democrat operation. This needs to be thoroughly investigated.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. teabag14 says:

    We’ll never know how many died just because the corrupt politicians in PR, in collusion with our own corrupt government employees, wanted to raise a huge, global stink to vilify President Trump. The inhumanity is staggering. All for the sake of hate, greed, money, and power. The swamp is never going to be drained. We need to get over any idea that it will be.

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    • S. Bishop says:

      Lest we forget, the Democrats tried to establish the canard that this hurricane was going to be Trump’s Katrina – now we see it was not just the MSM but the corrupt Democrat officials in Puerto Rico who stashed the goods away from the pubic eye in order to condemn Trump. So, if I have this correct, even if President Trump had some compelling reason to suspect fraud and corruption that would be counter-productive and waste of taxpayer dollars, he shouldn’t be allowed to investigate this disgusting behavior, because Congress allocated the funds.

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  19. spellno9 says:

    Does President Trump have to go down there and distribute every last roll of paper towels?

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  20. Guyver1 says:

    Sundance, I hope you read this. Found who runs the warehouse. The government of Puerto Rico, through a governmet run ‘public corporation’ called the ‘Compañia de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico’ (Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company), founded on December 23, 2003. They run the warehouses at the ports of San Juan, Ponce, and Mayaguez. Now I am really boiling mad because their headquarters for the warehouses at the port in Ponce is only 155 feet away from the warehouse in question, at the south apex of the warehouse parking lot!!! Clear direct line of sight, and only 155 feet away!!! And they did not know what was going on? What a load of crap 💩💩💩!!! Here are the coordinates for the headquarters (copy and plug into Google Earth, make sure the comma and the space after the comma are included) in Ponce:
    17.970177, -66.612840
    If you go to ‘street view’ on the road to the right of it and turn towards it, you can see the sign for it on the right edge of the roof (may need to zoom in to see it clearly, depending on the size of your screen), to the right of the flagpoles and entrance. To the right of that, the two giant cranes for the port. And to the right of that, the evil warehouse!!! And the PR goverment did not know what was going on? That is a load of 💩💩💩 the size of Mount Everest!!! There is no way they could not have known 😡😡😡!!! Have to calm down, will post an air view of the area, if I find one, after I calm down…😡😡😡.

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  21. thedoc00 says:

    It is not a warehouse but a distribution center for a black market operation. Paging AG Barr and Director Wrey. Gee this discovery kind of lines up with Julian Castro dropping out … hmmmm

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  22. snowshooze says:

    As they have not distributed these items, we should retract our aid package as they have plenty on hand.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Guyver1 says:

    Fellow treepers, as promised, here is an air view of the warehouse, and the Ponce headquarters for the ‘Compañia de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico’, the corrupt government agency that runs it. Starting at the two giant cranes, look down. The warehouse is the first big building. Then look left from the warehouse, the Ponce headquarters for the corrupt PR government agency that runs it is the small bluish building right across from it. Just about 155 feet away.

    And they did not know what was going on??? 😡😡😡. Riiight… this is a pile of 💩 the size of Mount Everest, they are either blind or they are lying. Which one do you think it is 🤣🤣🤣!!! Ok, my age (almost 65) is starting to catch up with me 😧, just checked my blood pressure and it is up to 148/89, need to calm down…😧.

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  24. Bendix says:

    Cuomo travels to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath
    https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/cuomo-travels-to-puerto-rico-in-hurricane-maria-s-aftermath-1.14246145

    The Latest: Cuomo to Visit Puerto Rico, Aid Storm Recovery
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s returning to Puerto Rico to help rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria.
    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2019-06-09/the-latest-cuomo-to-visit-puerto-rico-aid-storm-recovery

    Cuomo to travel to Puerto Rico after series of earthquakes

    “They have thousands of people in shelters in Puerto Rico. And Puerto Rico, remember, is still hurting from Hurricane Maria where I believe this federal government really did not do what they needed to do to help, and left them on their own.”

    “Cuomo has been a supporter of the island, especially following the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017.”

    “The governor spent Thanksgiving on the island with his three daughters, Michaela, Cara and Mariah in November. Several weeks prior, he attended the Somos Puerto Rican Conference in San Juan, an annual event attended by legislators and political insiders.”
    https://nypost.com/2020/01/13/cuomo-to-travel-to-puerto-rico-after-series-of-earthquakes/

    Not too observant when he’s there, is he?
    Remember how I told you of his plans to use the Puerto Ricans moving to Florida, to help him win against President Trump?
    Some of them may want to think any potential support for this grandstanding dunce.
    We still need to cut Puerto Rico loose, this citizens/not citizens stuff is nonsense.

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  25. robins111 says:

    There’ll be more warehouses/stash’s found in the near future. Anyone wanna bet how many grubby ‘Clinton Foundation’ paw prints will be found on these travesties.

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  26. JOHNNY B GOODE says:

    A US Politician flying his children to a foreign country after a massive influx of taxpayer funded aid? Wow!!! That’s never happened before.

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  27. CM-TX says:

    Possible 2nd warehouse??

    “Ex-officials reveal the existence of another warehouse in Guaynabo with emergency aid that was never delivered.

    The NMEAD (Office of Emergency Management, by its Spanish acronym) has been paying $17,300 per month for this space, according to a contract that El Nuevo Día was able to gain access to.
    Sunday, January 19, 2020 – 4:35 PM By Gloria Ruiz Kuilan

    Heriberto Saurí is one of the ex-officials of the government that has blown the whistle about the existence of the warehouse in Guaynabo.”

    https://thedonald.win/p/3wnG1wK/breaking-puerto-rico-officials-c/

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    • Guyver1 says:

      Yep. And this guy has gone public and provided documentation to back up his claim. He is a real whistleblower, not a made up ‘Schiffty’ one 🤣🤣🤣. And I have no doubt there are more warehouses involved 😡. My sister (she lives in PR) says this scandal is blowing up bigtime down there. The governor better take these rats down hard and fast, or she may get run out of office like the prior governor was.

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