Hurricane Season 2017 was devastating. On the personal front, my parents (in St. Martin) do have electricity again but still no phone service. I haven’t spoken to them since the day before Hurricane Irma.
Most of the power is back in St. Martin, over 90%. Meanwhile in Puerto Rico, 80% of the island is still without power, there’s a lack of running water, and people are dying one month after the hurricane. This is unacceptable. The United States is a wealthy country. However, the administration’s response was/is so slow, international organizations like Oxfam had to step in. Oxfam normally works in places like Yemen, South Sudan, Bangladesh, etc.
Hurricane Cat’s (from Houston) face sums up how we feel about this hurricane season.
I’ve received many emails/texts/DMs asking how to help. Thank you! I thought it would be a good idea to have a place to list relief efforts. If you have any to add that focus on helping those on the ground (and not administrative costs), please do so in the comments.
New York State Relief for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands
Save the Children Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico
Charities that are working in several impacted areas:
One America Appeal. A fund supported by the USA’s ex-Presidents.