Understandably, Trump is relying on FEMA and the military. What choice does he have? FEMA seems to be doing a remarkably good job, for a government agency. Ships take time to crew and prepare for extended humanitarian voyages. Is the government inefficient and slow moving? Of course, it’s the government.
To my mind, it makes sense to evacuate a significant percentage of the PR populaation to the mainland US, basically, anyone that wants to come. The only practical way to do that is by air. And feed whoever remains. The roads need to be made passable. Power needs to be restored to population centers. That’s short term.
Long term, Puerto Rico needs to be allowed to go completely bankrupt and get a truly fresh start. Then, there needs to be a Marshal Plan to rebuild PR. It does not matter how much it costs. Whatever it is, the Fed needs to print the money to fund it.