In the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria . . .

Posted Sep 22 2017, 10:21 pm

What’s happening in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands is heartbreaking. People in Puerto Rico are dealing with the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, while U.S. mainland Puerto Ricans are frantically searching for information about their loved ones.

I’ve been monitoring available news and wanted to do . . . something. This resource might already exist, but I wanted to help, and if even one person benefits from having this information in one place, it was worth doing.

It would be wonderful if others did the same for other affected islands.


Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration at 202-800-3133.

The U.S. federal government is encouraging people to call the above number for help in reaching loved ones.


You may also contact Note: You should send only one email and include as much information as possible about your family member or friend.


A resource provided by the Red Cross. People can mark themselves safe and families can check the database for information about loved ones. You will need a phone number or full address to check for information about a registrant.


A public Facebook group where people can check in or check for information about loved ones and affected neighborhoods.


A public Facebook group providing updates in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.



Unidos is a Hurricane Relief fund organized by the Hispanic Federation and joined by a coalition of coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill DeBlasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Visit and select “Hurricane Relief Effort” from the drop-down menu.


First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, has organized Unidos Por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico) here:

Donations may be made via PayPal.


Puerto Rican entertainer Ricky Martin has organized a crowdfunding relief effort through YouCaring:


A crowd-funding page managed by the non-profit ConPRmetidos: Non-profit states that 100 percent of the proceeds will be used for disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


The article below highlights various organizations that are spearheading relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Dominica and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

I’ll update this page with additional resources as I learn about them.

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