Hurricane Maria was the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years. A category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour. It obliterated the power and housing infrastructure of the island.
With no way to communicate, UPSers got creative and came up with a grass roots method of letting management know they were okay—by leaving handwritten notes in a plastic water bottle outside one of the main hubs. In these “messages in a bottle,” UPS people asked when they could come back to work, and what they could do to help their devastated island.
Then, UPSers did what they do best…rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They worked with humanitarian relief agencies, coordinating flights to get food, water, and critically important gas-powered generators onto the island. They worked with The UPS Foundation to help distribute supplies. They even delivered a generator to every UPSer.