So, you live in the Caribbean, and your Puerto Rico island home gets hit by a hurricane. Major parts of your power infrastructure are either flattened, or torn away and dispersed by the furious force of the winds. 99% of the homes, businesses, streets, whole communities are without electricity. The response from the Federal Government, sniped at before it had even begun, was impressive, with pre-positioned teams from both FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers landing hours after the winds had begun to die down. Some time after the initial response teams commmenced their work, rumours began circulating that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority was starving imported contractors of vital line materials, and PREPA was trying to put them out of business, and toss the costly repair contracts to its own favourite companies.
So, after learning of a secret stash of electricity distribution equipment, hoarded by PREPA for reasons unknown, FEMA and the USACE, along with armed security details, forced their way into the warehouse, and immediately began distributing the sorely-needed tensioning gear, without which the contractors could achieve nothing. Seems as though a couple of holstered M9 sidearms gave both FEMA and the USACE the leverage to ‘electrify’ Puerto Rico.