How to help the victims of Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona, which reached hurricane strength on Sunday and continues to batter the Caribbean., it has left more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico without power and roughly the same number of residents in the Dominican Republic without running water.

The immense need facing those facing the first major hurricane of the season has met with frustration families and loved ones in the continental United States.

“A year ago, we were here talking about Maria,” Rep. Nydia Velásquez said at a news conference Tuesday, referring to the destructive 2017 hurricane that left millions of Puerto Ricans without power.

“A year ago I said that Puerto Rico’s power grid was not where it needed to be and I warned that not even a Category 1 will cause a collapse of the power grid,” Velásquez said. “And here we are today.”

Gothamist has compiled a list of organizations that assist in relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Authorities in the Dominican Republic, where the storm made landfall on Monday, continue to assess the damage. The hurricane is heading north toward the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The list is not exhaustive and is not arranged in any particular order, but is intended to help New Yorkers and others beginning their search for places to donate funds.

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Federation is a national organization with an outsized presence in New York City, where it is based. It has relief workers on the ground providing emergency services and supplies to the most affected communities, according to its website. Readers can donate here.

Western Solidarity Brigade

The local organization has been moving forward with relief efforts and has extended calls for assistance to the public, pointing to the damage Fiona has already inflicted on the western, southern and central parts of Puerto Rico. “In the next few days we will really know what conditions this atmospheric system leaves us in,” she said in an Instagram post, which she sets up the PayPal donations option.

Direct Relief

For those looking to support medical efforts, Direct Relief is asking for donations as it seeks to harness the power of the networks it has been building in Puerto Rico since the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It has already set up health clinics across the island with 10 large depots of medical supplies that are critical in a disaster, and three of them have already been used, according to its website. Make a donation to Fiona’s relief efforts here.

global donations

Global Giving, an organization that acts as a conduit between nonprofits and donors, has established a “Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund,” which readers can find here.

The funds will first be used to help first responders meet residents’ immediate needs, including food, water, shelter and hygiene products. In the longer term, the remaining funds will be sent to local organizations assisting in rehabilitation projects that have been vetted by Global Giving.

Health Workshop

Taller Salud is a women-led organization in Puerto Rico that is endorsed by progressive organizations on its website. She is conducting relief efforts on the island after Fiona and readers can donate to the organization via PayPal, here on her website.

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