Governor Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that he's deploying a team of 31 disaster specialists to help Puerto Rico "rebuild and recover" after catastrophic earthquakes in the island.
"California stands with the people of Puerto Rico," said Governor Newsom in a statement. "Our nation-sized state knows first-hand the devastating toll of natural disasters and will provide aid and support as our brothers and sisters rebuild and recover."
The 31 members of the team that will be deployed consists of experts in incident and emergency management, engineering and safety assessment, planning, public information, debris management and crisis counseling.
The team will depart from Sacramento Sunday morning and will stay on the island for 16 days.