WCPO is holding a telethon to benefit relief for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, leaving more than half of its inhabitants without water and almost all without power.

So called-mutual aid agreements between utilities provide crucial help in the aftermath of disasters.

“The generosity of Cafe Sbisa comes at a crucial time where people, everyday essentials and most importantly, medical supplies and personnel, need to be transported to Puerto Rico and even more importantly, within Puerto Rico”, said Chanse Watson, Cajun Airlift co-founder”.

The move follows weeks of 16 to 18 hour days for lineman working to restore power along the First Coast following Hurricane Irma.

JEA will work with Whitefish Energy, Crowley Maritime, TOTE Maritime, JaxPort, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help with the restoration process. JEA employees will fly to Puerto Rico on Thursday to meet the ship.

Paul McElroy, JEA’s chief executive officer, briefed Gov. Rick Scott on the plans in a conference call Tuesday morning.

“This is what our linemen do and they have been widely recognized for their abilities and dedication”, McElroy said in the release. They build and restore electric service in hard situations. “They will be working in extremely unsafe conditions doing extremely risky work”, JEA CEO Paul McElroy wrote in a statement to WJCT News.