Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
The 2017 hurricane season has been one of the most intense on record. In less than a month, islands throughout the Caribbean were hit with three Category 5 and one Category 4 storm that devastated the region.
In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria obliterated the island’s power grid, leaving 3.4 million residents without power. Storm surges and flash flooding destroyed homes and other structures, killing dozens of residents and leaving many neighborhoods uninhabitable. Cell phone, landline and internet communication networks were almost entirely knocked out of commission. Experts estimate that some areas will be without electricity for up to six months. While rebuilding estimates are only beginning, it is clear that costs will be in the tens of billions, if not higher.
Elsewhere in the Caribbean, places like Barbuda and St. Martin saw more than 95% of all structures destroyed, and tens of thousands have been made homeless or forced to evacuate on islands including Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Barbados, the Bahamas.
The recovery process will be long and difficult in communities throughout the region. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.
- Direct Relief International provides emergency medications and medical supplies to affected communities.
- International Medical Corps mobilizes staff and medical supplies to provide lifesaving care in the wake of disasters.
- Operation USA delivers needed supplies and assistance in communities hit hardest by natural disasters.
- Team Rubicon provides logistics, transport and emergency supplies for first-responder volunteers.
- Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico and Hispanics and Philanthropy have partnered to provide direct funding to local organizations working on the ground in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida.
- ConPRmetidos supports needs assessment efforts, power restoration and and immediate- and long-term structural repairs in disadvantaged communities.
- Iniciativa Comunitaria is working with officials in the Loiza area to identify immediate and long-term needs.
- The United Way of Puerto Rico supports local organizations working on the ground in Puerto Rico to address pressing needs and begin the rebuilding process.
- United for Puerto Rico brings together public and private sector partners to provide aid and support to those affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico.
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