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26 Jun 2018 description

The Caribbean is moving closer to a much-needed regional strategy to strengthen people-centred early warning systems across the islands. This is vital to improve the preparedness and response to major natural hazards, according an expert review of the devastating 2017 hurricane season.

31 May 2018 description
report Samaritan's Purse

Plan Includes Fixing Churches and Homes and Bringing a New Power Source to One Hard-Hit Community

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, May 29, 2018—As hurricane season approaches people across Puerto Rico are still reeling from last year’s devastating storms—Irma and Maria. That’s why international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is announcing a multi-year recovery plan aimed at rehabilitating more than 390 homes and 55 churches in central and southern Puerto Rico.

29 May 2018 description
report Grassroots


“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” — Eduardo Galeano, author of Open Veins of Latin America

It has been six months since the end of last year’s hurricane season, and the Caribbean is still picking up the pieces.

22 May 2018 description

ATLANTA (May 22, 2018) – AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $100 million to two organizations, Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief, to strengthen access to housing and healthcare in Puerto Rico. The organizations will receive $50 million each. This donation is an extension of the more than $4 million AbbVie provided following the unprecedented natural disasters of 2017.

23 Apr 2018 description

Release Number: 160

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As Puerto Rico explores how to rebuild after back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes, the people who will collaborate on those solutions were asked to envision innovative construction methods that will have a real and lasting impact.

"True innovation can change and transform the course of Puerto Rico," said Glorimar Ripoll, chief innovation officer for the government of Puerto Rico. "We are not just rebuilding bridges, buildings, roads and houses. We’re also, and most importantly, rebuilding a society."

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

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 #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**.

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.

27 Feb 2018 description

Release date: February 26, 2018

Release Number: FS 032

FEMA provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and households who are unable to pay for child care, including an increase in expenses or costs, because of the disaster. Under the Child Care Assistance program, FEMA will award a one-time payment for up to eight weeks of child care, plus any eligible expenses, or the maximum amount identified by the government, whichever is less.

In addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility, eligible child care expenses include:

06 Feb 2018 description

Release date: February 6, 2018
Release Number: 115

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of last September, FEMA and National Lumber have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

02 Feb 2018 description
report El Nuevo Diario

Se espera que lleguen 3,815 postes y 1,832 millas de cable conductor adicionales la semana próxima

El director ejecutivo interino de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), Justo González, anunció hoy que el 70,9 % de los abonados en Puerto Rico ya cuenta con electricidad, gracias a los trabajos de reparación tras el huracán María.

23 Jan 2018 description

Key findings

  • UN agencies, NGOs, and government employees sharing the same workspace helped collaboration and information sharing.

  • Sector-specific and cross-sector coordination meetings allowed agencies and government actors to share information that reduced delays and increased collaboration between actors.

  • The lack of reliable baseline data greatly hampered efforts and delayed carrying out assessments and distributions properly during the response.