Ways to help relief efforts for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
The island is virtually without power and cell service after Maria's wrath.
By JULIA JACOBO
September 26, 2017, 9:30 PM
• 5 min read
-- Puerto Rico is virtually without power or cell service after Hurricane Maria barreled through the island, leaving those searching for loved ones in a shroud of uncertainty.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the island is facing an "unprecedented disaster" after the storm made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane last week.
While about 5 percent of electricity had been restored across the island by Monday night, generators remain the only source of power for more than 3 million American citizens.
The storm killed at least 16 and left the island littered with rubble from demolished homes and downed trees and power lines.
How to help relief efforts
Donate supplies: Puerto Rico's government created a presentation on the emergency and construction supplies needed to help those in need. It is also urging people to use social media to encourage people to donate to the relief fund. Puerto Rico's first lady, Beatriz Rosselló, has also set up a relief fund called United for Puerto Rico, which connects those in need to the private sector.
Email Puerto Rico's disaster relief team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of high volume, officials are asking that people only send one email and no follow-ups. Include as much information about the people you are concerned about and your contact information.
Call the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration's Washington, D.C., office at 202-800-3133 or 202-800-3134. Staffers are taking names and numbers to develop plans on conducting welfare checks.
Call local Puerto Rico radio station WIPR at 787-777-0940.
Use the Red Cross' Safe and Well database, where survivors can mark themselves as safe and family members can search through the list of registrants.