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Photo Gallery: Delivering Radios to Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

The National Association of Broadcasters sent 10,000 battery-operated radios to Puerto Rico for distribution to residents affected by Hurricane Maria. Broadcast radio serves as a lineline to communities that need information and support during severe weather emergencies. Weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island, radio remained one of the only means of communication available.

NAB worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local Puerto Rican authorities to ensure that the radios were properly distributed to those most in need. NAB, the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations (NASBA) and multiple U.S. broadcasters funded the initiative.

Click here to read a first-person account of the trip to Puerto Rico by Suzie Raven, senior manager, Public Service, NAB.

  • Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto giving a radio to a local resident. (Photo credit: Mayor Soto)
    Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto giving a radio to a local resident. (Photo credit: Mayor Soto)
  • Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto showing a radio to a resident. (Photo credit: Mayor Soto)
    Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto showing a radio to a resident. (Photo credit: Mayor Soto)
  • Excited residents Canóvanas open their new radios.
    Excited residents Canóvanas open their new radios.
  • Louis Abanez, Suzie Raven and Mayor Lornna Soto address the crowds in Canóvanas.
    Louis Abanez, Suzie Raven and Mayor Lornna Soto address the crowds in Canóvanas.
  • Crowds gather in Canóvanas for the distribution of radios.
    Crowds gather in Canóvanas for the distribution of radios.
  • The NAB crew prepares a pallet of 400 radios for distribution in the Rio Grande municipality.
    The NAB crew prepares a pallet of 400 radios for distribution in the Rio Grande municipality.
  • Felled trees remain in people's yards in the municipality of Loiza.
    Felled trees remain in people's yards in the municipality of Loiza.
  • Hurricane Maria uprooted this hundred-year-old tree in Loiza.
    Hurricane Maria uprooted this hundred-year-old tree in Loiza.
  • The road leading to this house in Canóvanas remains split open and ready to collapse.
    The road leading to this house in Canóvanas remains split open and ready to collapse.
  • The NAB crew and Bori Gonzalez, mayor of Rio Grande, cross a collapsed road to distribute radios.
    The NAB crew and Bori Gonzalez, mayor of Rio Grande, cross a collapsed road to distribute radios.
  • Residents of Fajardo line up in anticipation of receiving radios.
    Residents of Fajardo line up in anticipation of receiving radios.
  • Fajardo Mayor Anibal Melendez high-fives Louis Abanez after receiving 400 radios for the municipality. Also pictured: Suzie Raven and Josivan Rojas.
    Fajardo Mayor Anibal Melendez high-fives Louis Abanez after receiving 400 radios for the municipality. Also pictured: Suzie Raven and Josivan Rojas.
  • Suzie Raven, Louis Abanez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Association of BroadcastersJosé A. Ribas Dominicci and Contractor Josivan Rojas.
    Suzie Raven, Louis Abanez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Association of BroadcastersJosé A. Ribas Dominicci and Contractor Josivan Rojas.
  • A resident of the municipality of Loiza opens his radio in front of his home.
    A resident of the municipality of Loiza opens his radio in front of his home.
  • A baby on a woman’s lap in Loizia plays with the box of a radio.
    A baby on a woman’s lap in Loizia plays with the box of a radio.
  • A man and a child in Loiza receive a new radio.
    A man and a child in Loiza receive a new radio.
  • A woman with a stroller in Loiza receives a radio.
    A woman with a stroller in Loiza receives a radio.
  • Representatives from the municipality of Villalba receive radios.
  • Representatives from the municipality of Guayama receive radios.
    Representatives from the municipality of Guayama receive radios.
  • Mayors Bori Gonzalez (Rio Grande), Lornna Soto (Canóvanas) and Julia Nazario (Loiza) and Suzie Raven at the Canóvanas headquarters.
  • Rio Grande Mayor Bori Gonzalez hands a woman a radio from the back of his pickup truck, while travelling door-to-door to distribute.
    Rio Grande Mayor Bori Gonzalez hands a woman a radio from the back of his pickup truck, while travelling door-to-door to distribute.
  • Rio Grande resident with her new radio.
    Rio Grande resident with her new radio.
  • Rio Grande Mayor Bori Gonzalez personally delivers radios on foot.
    Rio Grande Mayor Bori Gonzalez personally delivers radios on foot.
  • A kid in Rio Grande is excited about his new radio.
    A kid in Rio Grande is excited about his new radio.
  • NAB distributed 10,000 radios on Puerto Rico following the devastation of hurricane Maria.
  • Albert Shimabukuro, Lous Abanez and Josivan Rojas prepare batches of 400 radios to distribute to 22 municipalities in Puerto Rico.
    Albert Shimabukuro, Lous Abanez and Josivan Rojas prepare batches of 400 radios to distribute to 22 municipalities in Puerto Rico.