NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Five years, almost to the day, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island was hit with another powerful storm, Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Saturday.
The hurricane left more than 1.5 million people without electricity across the island and brought heavy rain, 85-mph winds and “catastrophic” flooding.
President Joe Biden authorized federal emergency aid through FEMA to Puerto Rico, which is a commonwealth of the United States, and other organizations are providing additional resources across the island.
All donations made will go directly to the victims in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to give.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army will be supplying resources such as food, drinks, shelter as well as emotional and spiritual support for victims and rescue workers. Donations can be made on their website or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555.
The Hispanic Federation
After Hurricane Maria, The Hispanic Federation helped rebuild homes, health centers and farms as well as supply solar panels and conduct community-based projects. The group is already providing relief along with other local organizations. Donations can be made here.
Stronger Than Maria
Started after Hurricane Maria, Stronger Than Maria has helped recovery efforts including supplying food, water and rebuilding homes. The organization is now helping with Hurricane Fiona relief and donations can be made here.
Run by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, the PRxPR Relief and Rebuild Fund works with local organizations to aid with basic, economic, agricultural and energy needs as well as provide relief for communities. Information on donating can be found here.
A local non-profit organization which was started ten years ago to help with various issues on the island including economic hardship and education. The organization is accepting donations for Hurricane Fiona relief here.
World Central Kitchen
Chef José Andrés' non-profit World Central Kitchen has teams in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic preparing hot meals for victims and emergency workers. Donations can be made to the organization here.
The Foundation for Puerto Rico
The Foundation for Puerto Rico works on the island to increase Puerto Rico’s potential in the global economy and has created a relief fund to aid with Hurricane Fiona relief. More information on the fund and where to donate can be found here.
Direct Relief helps health professionals in high-need countries to assist with meeting the challenges of diagnosing and caring for people in need. The organization is helping Puerto Rican health facilities stock emergency medical supplies. Donations can be made here.
Diaspora for Puerto Rico
A New York City-based non-profit, Diaspora for Puerto Rico “aims to develop the power of the Puerto Rican community and the organizations that serve them in New York and across the United States,” according to their website. The organization is accepting donations here to fund on the ground local volunteers and community-based organizations.