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Puerto Ricans stand in line for water after Hurricane Maria


Puerto Rico Suffers With Water Crisis, Here Is What You Can Do To Help

Puerto Rico National Guard Citizen - Soldiers stationed at 783rd Maint. Co. in Toa Baja, PR, continue supporting this city after Hurricane Maria, this time supporting more than 6,000 gallons of water to the San Jose community, Sept. 24. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alexis Velez - FEMA)

While Trump has waived the Jones Act shipping restriction for Puerto Rico, after denying a request for the waiver, Puerto Rico struggles to find drinking water.
According to Today, because of damaged roads caused by Hurricane Maria, more than half of Puerto Rico is without basic supplies, including food and water, and are forced to ration off what is available.
While aid for the island has been underway, the island’s lack of electricity and a shortage of fuel has prevented relief efforts. Although relief efforts are stilted, there are still ways you can help.

  1. Know a student affected by the hurricanes? Pass this link along to them. St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL is offering free housing, free meal plans, and scholarship opportunities  to 100 students affected by the recent hurricanes.
  2. Volunteer Your Time. Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is organizing volunteer deployment to help clean and after government relief efforts are complete. They will connect volunteers with suitable organizations who are contributing who are responding to those in need.
  3. Donate:
    • Save the Children has set up a donations page that is collecting support funds with will go directly to families with childre.
    • Global Giving has also created a relief funk. Their goal is to collect $5 million for supplies to be donated to those in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean effected by the hurricanes.

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