How to help Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the northeast Caribbean sea, has faced not one, but two devastating hurricanes. The island is reported to be in an “apocalyptic” state, according to CNN. Puerto Rico is without power and there are not enough generators to power all of the island’s hospitals. There is not enough food, safe water to drink, or gas for proper rescue or rebuilding. The island’s children cannot attend school, and likely will not be able to for several more weeks. Puerto Rico needs our help.

If you’ve kept an eye on the news you have likely seen how the President of the United States has not offered substantial assistance to a U.S. territory that is completed devastated. Hearing this news may make you feel helpless, but there are ways to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Here are a few:

 

Money

As of right now, money is the most effective way to support Puerto Rico. With money, Puerto Rico is able to quickly put funds into the necessary rescue and rebuilding efforts. Here are some certified and trustworthy fundraisers you can contribute to, which are donating 100 percent of their earnings towards Hurricane Maria relief:

 

Supplies

Puerto Rico is in need of various supplies to protect its citizens and move the rebuilding process forward. United for Puerto Rico put together a guide of appropriate supplies to donate. These items include:

  • bottled water
  • baby wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • diapers
  • canned foods
  • dry foods
  • baby formula
  • garbage bags
  • towels
  • canned milk
  • canned, dry pet food
  • pain, stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
  • mosquito repellant
  • blankets
  • towels
  • pillows
  • first-aid kids
  • laundry detergents
  • dish soap
  • cots
  • extension cords
  • ground fault protectors
  • pop-up canopies
  • shovels
  • wheelbarrows
  • crowbars
  • hammers
  • utility knives
  • work gloves
  • wood panels
  • electric generators
  • electric cables
  • tarp
  • ropes
  • chainsaws
  • safety glasses

If you have any of these items and would like to donate, you can do so here.

 

Volunteering

As of right now, Puerto Rico cannot handle volunteers. First-responders and rescue missions are prioritized. However, when the island’s infrastructure is stable, you can sign up to volunteer here.

 

Spread the word

The least you can do is post a (credible) retweet, share a (factual) Facebook status, or speak with individuals in your community about the destruction in Puerto Rico. If you don’t have the funds, supplies, or time to dedicate to Puerto Rico, you may know somebody who does.

 

Artist and celebrity efforts

Several of The Sami Fisher Blog’s favorite artists are using their platform to contribute to Puerto Rican relief.

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Nick Kroll

To promote his new show, but more importantly raise funds for Puerto Rican relief, Nick Kroll is asking celebrities (and anyone else) to share photos of themselves during their puberty stage with the hashtag #PuberMe. Celebrity posts result in direct donations to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the Mexican earthquake. Anyone else’s posts spread the word and make a teen facing puberty feel a little better about themselves.

 

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Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia, a New York born Puerto Rican, took it upon herself to start a GoFundMe for Hurricane Irma and Maria relief.  “As a musician I am looking to use my platform for notoriety to bring awareness as well as contribution to this relief…” Princess Nokia wrote on the GoFundMePage. “I am creating this go fund me, to directly provide imminent care and support to the people Puerto Rico as a gesture of solidarity, and alliance with my mother country. This go fund me will serve as a personal 100% non profit organization that will serve to assist the island and people of Puerto Rico in its dire time of need.”

 

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SZA

SZA is currently on her CTRL Tour (dates here) and accepting Hurricane Relief donations at every stop. “Every bit helps !” SZA wrote in her Instagram post caption. “(Try to think of stuff u need for urself ! Tampons scrunchies face soap moisturizer makeup wipes lotion ! Bonnets ! Ur fav snacks ! Baby formula ! Anythang !)”

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