Local leaders are urging residents not to support Puerto Rico with supplies or visits, but rather to focus on raising money for national and local relief organizations. “Our focus right now is saving lives,” Luis Davila-Pernas told a group at the Center for Latino Progress. Davila-Pernas, the deputy director of Puerto Rico’s federal affairs administration, was speaking via Skype from Washington.
As Puerto Ricans emerged from their shelters to an island ravaged by Hurricane Maria, family members and friends in Connecticut waited anxiously to hear about the tremendous storm’s impact on the territory’s 3.4 million people — almost the same size as the state of Connecticut. Hartford state Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, whose three sisters and brother live on the island, has been unable to sleep since the storm hit. Repeated attempts to reach her siblings were unsuccessful.
Jimmy Sanchez bought a plane ticket from Connecticut to Puerto Rico to ride out Hurricane Maria with his mother, but the flight was canceled as the Category 5 storm roared toward the island. So Wednesday morning, while Maria was battering Puerto Rico, Sanchez was awaiting word from his mother, who lives on the far southwest corner of the island. The last time he spoke with her, around 8 p.m. Tuesday, she had already lost power.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".