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Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief
Originally published on January 8, 2020 at nbcnewyork.com.
A magnitude 6.4 quake struck Puerto Rico early Tuesday killing at least one person, injuring nine others and knocking out power across the U.S. territory.
Hundreds of homes and businesses in the southwest region of the country were damaged or destroyed, and thousands of Puerto Ricans were left without water and power, which has also affected telecommunications. In addition, more than 1,000 people were staying in government shelters.
Since Dec. 28, hundreds of quakes have rattled the island nation that is still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico in September 2017.
Here are some organizations involved in relief efforts in Puerto Rico that you can help:
HISPANIC FEDERATION: The nonprofit organization launched the UNIDOS initiative for disaster relief in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. Hispanic Federation said that through contributions to UNIDOS thousands of solar lamps are being made available for distribution, as well as emergency funds for local health and human service providers working in communities affected by the earthquake. Hispanic Federation has also partnered with the University of Puerto Rico to provide mental health services across the island focused on trauma therapy after natural disasters. To donate to UNIDOS click here.
DIRECT RELIEF: The organization offers support to healthcare providers across the island, in coordination with the Puerto Rican Department of Health, the Puerto Rican Hospital Association, the Puerto Rican Medical Reserve Corps, and the Puerto Rican Primary Care Association. Direct Relief will be organizing teams of doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to offer medical and mental health services to residents and those staying in shelters. To donate to Direct Relief click here.
#PuertoRicoEarthquake: With support from organizations like @vocespuertorico, @DirectRelief is organizing teams of doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to offer medical and mental health services to residents and those staying in shelters. https://t.co/135RS9YCZs— Direct Relief (@DirectRelief) January 7, 2020
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN: Founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen prepares meals for people affected by disasters. World Central Kitchen has served nearly 10 million meals on the front lines of emergencies since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and is on the ground in Puerto Rico serving hot meals to families displaces by the earthquake. To donate to World Central Kitchen click here.
Hot meals being served in Guanica and Yauco tonight for hundreds of families displaced by the earthquakes! We ran low on food at the Yauco shelter so the WCK Relief Team did what we do — started cooking on site #ChefsForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2PqZKv6Jj6— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) January 7, 2020
AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross is on the ground in Puerto Rico, working with local and federal workers at government shelters to provide emotional support and distribute emergency supplies to those impacted by the earthquakes. To donate to the Red Cross click here or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
ALL HANDS AND HEARTS: is a volunteer-powered nonprofit that works to address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters around the world. All Hands and hearts has been on the ground in Puerto Rico since September 2017, helping remove debris, repair roofs, and rebuild infrastructures damaged by Hurricane Maria. To donate to the All Hands and Hearts click here. For more information on how to volunteer click here.
In Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, fencing has been installed for the Limones Ball Park! Our team has been working hard to restore this important community space & we're one step closer to being complete! Join us in #PR & help us continue making a difference. https://t.co/rt2EyLBZq8 pic.twitter.com/Dutdcqa9Ie— All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response (@AllHandsHearts) January 8, 2020
AMERICARES: The Stamford, Connecticut-based nonprofit has been on the ground in Puerto Rico helping the island nation's health services recover from Hurricane Maria since 2017. Americares trains local health workers to help people cope with the trauma of natural disasters and provides medical assistance to health facilities throughout the country. To donate to Americares click here.
At the request of the Puerto Rico Department of Health @DeptSaludPR’s #MentalHealth agency, Americares is sending mental health experts to a shelter in Guanica to provide support services. We will keep you updated here!— Americares: Mental Health Team Helping PR (@Americares) January 8, 2020
+Full Media Release later today—thank you!
From Guanica pic.twitter.com/yCDnewiGXh