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How to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Civic and Community Engagement, Headlines, Puerto Rico | 0 comments

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, inflicting catastrophic damage and disaster. With power grids wiped out and food and water resources not easily accessed, residents of the islands are in need of disaster relief. As the category 2 hurricane rolled through the islands, it poured up to 30 inches of rain, leaving extensive flooding in its wake. While much of the hurricane has passed Puerto Rico, life-threatening conditions still remain. Flooding and mudslides are being watched over the course of the next few days. This catastrophe is displacing thousands across Puerto Rico. Fortunately, there are ways to help. Below are organizations committed to recovery support for the islands.

Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

Brigada Solidaria del Oeste is collecting emergency items like first aid kits and water filters. To donate, look at this page for more information.

Puerto Rico Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Interested in providing relief on the ground in Puerto Rico? The Puerto Rico Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has a network of members who respond to disasters all over Puerto Rico. These members pair with volunteers and serve communities struck with damage.

PR×PR Relief and Rebuild Fund

The PR×PR Relief and Rebuild Fund is run by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico and donates 100% of its funds. The fund works closely with local organizations, ensuring relief and support to those in need.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief, a large donor of medical supplies, equips health care professionals caring for those in vulnerable communities.

In addition, SINFINESPR is running a special campaign through which donations can be matched by the Titín Foundation up to $5,000 per organization. 

Those seeking help can do so through websites such as findhelp.org and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website. Help is also available for businesses affected by the hurricane through Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

It is very important during these stressful times that people donate or volunteer. Many Puerto Ricans are without water, electricity, and access to other essentials, but we can bring relief to the islands through donations to local organizations. Donating to a verified organization can help bring emergency aid and relief to the people of Puerto Rico as they struggle to recover after yet another natural disaster.

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Sophia Motl

Sophia Motl

Sophia Motl grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. She is currently a high school student, who is preparing to major in international politics when she goes to college. Sophia is passionate about policy, political affairs, and much more. Throughout Sophia's short career in writing, she has earned various awards and continues to pursue other opportunities. She is a Civic & Community Engagement Intern Correspondent at Pasquines.

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