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20 Apr 2018 description
report Direct Relief

When 85-year-old Don Andrés Rodríguez Rodríguez described the place where he grew up, he answered without hesitation.

“Perfect, my community is perfect,” he said.

Rodriguez lives about 3,000 feet above sea level in Bauta Abajo, Puerto Rico, one of the island’s rural mountain communities, where the sky and clouds can seem close enough to touch.

But since Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico last September, conditions in his neighborhood have been far from perfect.

11 Apr 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries continue to respond to critical needs of victims of Hurricane Maria, which devastated communities across Puerto Rico in September 2017. To aid these ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has launched a new donation fund to help aid this work.

11 Apr 2018 description

HUD No. 18-028

Disaster recovery funds to help repair damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $28 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from major disasters that occurred since 2015.

09 Apr 2018 description

El Comité de Huracanes de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) se reunirá del 9 al 13 de abril para examinar la devastadora temporada de huracanes que afectó a la región del océano Atlántico en 2017, así como para deliberar acerca de la coordinación y la planificación operacional a escala regional con vistas a proteger las vidas y los bienes materiales durante la próxima temporada.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

06 Apr 2018 description

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH and Sara Rosenbaum, JD

Policy Issue Brief #50

06 Apr 2018 description

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH and Sara Rosenbaum, JD

Policy Issue Brief #52

06 Apr 2018 description

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

31 Mar 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – A disaster recovery center is opening in Corozal on Tuesday, April 3 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by hurricanes Irma and María.

Casa Loydi
Calle San Manuel corner of Calle Gándara
Corozal, PR 00783

Beginning Tuesday, April 3, the center’s regular hours are** 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays**.

30 Mar 2018 description

Hurricane Maria is cited as the worst natural disaster on record to hit Puerto Rico. And half a year later, its impact isn’t ebbing. Thousands of U.S. citizens on the island remain without power. Clean water supplies are shrinking, and the economy is struggling to recover.

So it’s no surprise that people are, quite literally, moving on to find normalcy and safe refuge. What may come as more of a surprise is that many Puerto Rican evacuees are choosing Lancaster, Pennsylvania as their new home base.

26 Mar 2018 description

Release date: March 26, 2018
Release Number: 142

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available for businesses and private nonprofits that suffered physical damage or economic losses due to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Uninsured and underinsured losses caused by a disaster can impact business owners’ ability to recover. SBA loans can help cover repairs and replacement of damaged physical assets as well as small business operating expenses after a disaster.

26 Mar 2018 description

Authored by: Sydnei L. Isaacs Source:
Bahamas Information Services Date:
March 25, 2018

NASSAU, The Bahamas— The Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira said “Energy has become a part of our lives that is a necessity…. We have some of the highest energy rates in the region, if not the world” at the BCCEC’s (Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation) Bahamas Energy Security Forum under the theme, 'Smart is the New Sexy' on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Island House.

22 Mar 2018 description
report Internews Network

More than a million people access vital information via start-up news site

20 Mar 2018 description
report Project HOPE

Project HOPE, a global health development and relief organization, is teaming up with the Planet Water Foundation to provide clean water and hygiene education programs in Puerto Rico on World Water Day on March 22. The Planet Water Foundation’s “Project 24” will install 24 water towers simultaneously in the U.S. territory and four countries in Asia.

20 Mar 2018 description
report Save the Children

Six Months Later, Children in Puerto Rico Still Urgently Need Academic and Emotional Support

Media Contact Sara Neumann 203.209.6545 (M)

20 Mar 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Global organization works with community centers to support ongoing relief and prepare for future storms

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – As Puerto Rico marks six months since Hurricane Maria made landfall, the global organization Mercy Corps and its partners continue to work towards a full recovery for the U.S. territory. While around 90 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity subscribers have had their power restored, thousands of vulnerable people, especially in rural areas, are still without it.

20 Mar 2018 description
report Convoy of Hope

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and many are still struggling to recover. Convoy of Hope has since served more five million meals to survivors across the island — in addition to hygiene products, water filters and other immediate relief supplies. Convoy continues to provide long-term recovery.


17 Mar 2018 description
report Direct Relief

This coming week, the world will remember how tragedy struck Puerto Rico six months ago.

Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through the Caribbean last September. The Category 4 storm brought sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, destroying homes, mangling power lines and severing communications throughout Puerto Rico.

As images began to emerge, they revealed the destruction left in Maria’s wake, signaling the protracted recovery to come.

Immediate Response

16 Mar 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, power and water have been restored in most communities, millions of cubic yards of debris have been removed, hospitals and other government services are open and bridges are being replaced.

Challenges remain, but the joint efforts of FEMA’s local, federal, voluntary and private sector recovery partners continue in earnest.

The Response