AT&T Launches Site To Help Locate Family, Friends In Puerto Rico

AT&T, which has been seriously ramping up operations in Los Angeles pending its acquisition of Time Warner, says it has launched a new website to try to help people locate family members and friends in Puerto Rico. According to AT&T, the new website lets anyone--regardless of carrier--register the cell number of family or friend who is an AT&T wireless customer in Puerto Rico, and lets that user know people in the U.S. have been trying to contact them. AT&T said it will then let those registered know--via email--when service in Puerto Rico has been restored. AT&T says it is sending in more than 20 generators to help restore communications, bottled water, food supplies and personnel, as well as satellite devices, and that it has more flights and ships carrying communications equipment and supplies are arriving today and in the coming days. AT&T says it is also carrying on similar efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which also has been hit hard. The entire Caribbean region has been devastated by the combined impacts of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, including such islands as St. Thomas, Barbuda--empty of humans completely for the first time in 300 years, and Dominica, an island nation of 72,000 which was reduced to rubble, where there has been no food, water, or help until the last few days.