Overview

Irma made landfall in the Caribbean on Sept. 6 as a category-5 hurricane, affecting the following islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten/St. Martin, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Turks and Caicos.

Irma killed at least 28 people across the islands.

Maria made landfall on Dominica and Guadalupe islands in the eastern Caribbean on Sept. 18-19 as a category-5 storm. It continued on and slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a category-4/3 storm on Sept. 20 leaving widespread flooding and destruction.

Maria killed at least 48 people in Puerto Rico.

If you are a responding NGO or a donor, please send updates on how you are working in this crisis to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

If you are a donor looking for recommendations on how to help in this crisis, please email regine.webster@disasterphilanthorpy.org.

Sources: The National Weather Service, FEMA, National Hurricane Center, United Nations organizations, responding VOADs and NGOs.

Background

FEMA search and rescue teams and an U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health and medical team were able to reach communities near Utuado, Puerto Rico that were cut off due to Hurricane Maria. They were the first rescuers on the scene and made access through a combination of helicopter and boat.
FEMA search and rescue teams and an U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health and medical team were able to reach communities near Utuado, Puerto Rico that were cut off due to Hurricane Maria. They were the first rescuers on the scene and made access through a combination of helicopter and boat.

Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, and that damage has complicated relief efforts on the island. For current information, see status.pr.

 

Forty-five hospitals are operating on electricity. The USS Comfort also is off the coast with space to treat up to 1,000 patients. Only eighteen percent of the island has access to electricity.

Nearly sixty percent of Puerto Ricans have access to telecommunications, but only forty-two percent of the island’s cellular towers are working. The rest are not working largely because they lack power. Officials are working to establish satellite phones in remote areas that will be without electricity for weeks.

Sixty-five percent of water customers are being served currently. The most sever outages are in the north and west where service is at thirty-eight and forty-nine percent, respectively.

Officials are distributing food and water from regional centers across the island.

According to officials on the ground, at least 30,000 roofs on the eastern and southern portions of Puerto Rico have suffered damage. An additional 13,000 roofs across the U.S. Virgin Islands are also damaged.

Current critical issues:


  • Communication – Cell service to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands significantly impacted.
  • Electricity – Puerto Ricans could face four to six months without power. Officials said more than 80 percent of the island is without power.
  • Medical – Puerto Rico’s health care facilities were significantly affected by Maria.
  • Housing – Emergency shelters, building materials for reconstruction.
  • Food – canned food, water, seeds and agricultural goods.
  • Transportation – Restoration of roads.

Donors

  • 3M Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • Abbott Fund, $750,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Abbott Laboratories Corporate Giving Program, $250,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Acacia Network Inc., $1 million to Donate Puerto Rico.
  • American Water Charitable Foundation Inc. $23,333 to American Red Cross.
  • Amgen Foundation, $5 million to unknown recipients for urgent and long-term recovery in Puerto Rico.
  • Anderson Corporate Fund, $50,000 to Americares, $75,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Bacardi & Company Limited Contributions Program, $2 million to unknown recipients for Puerto Rico. $1 million to Pan American Development Foundation.
  • Carlos Beltran, $1 million to Fundacion Carlos Beltran.
  • Casey’s General Stores Inc. Contributions Program, $33,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund and the CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund to focus support on medium and long-term rebuilding needs.
  • Coach Foundation, $33,000 to Direct Relief.
  • The Coca-Cola Company Contributions Program, $1 million to Salvation Army, $300,000 to unknown recipients in St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos and Barbuda.
  • The David Tepper Charitable Foundation Inc., $1 million to Feeding America.
  • Delta Air Lines Inc. Contributions Program, $750,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Diageo PLC Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • E & J Gallo Winery Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, $125,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Enterprise Community Partners Inc., has launched the Enterprise Hurrican Community Recovery Fund for immediate and long-term recovery following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Enterprise Rend-A-Car Foundation, $100,000 to Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, $100,000 to Americares, $50,000 to SPCA International.
  • EVERTEC Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • FedEx Corporation Contributions Program, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • org, $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Home Depot Foundation, $500,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Humana Foundation Inc., $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • The Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund for Puerto Rico has launched and is housed at the Center for Popular Democracy.
  • Jennifer Lopez, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • JetBlue Airways Corporation Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • Kaiser Permanente Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to CDC Foundation.
  • Knights of Columbus, $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Lowe’s Companies Inc. Contributions Program, $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • M & T Bank Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Major League Baseball Corporate Giving Program, $500,000 to multiple recipients.
  • One America Appeal is an effort from the five former U.S. presidents to raise relief funds for Harvey, Irma, and Maria victims.
  • PepsiCo Foundation Inc., $1 million to American Red Cross for Puerto Rico and Caribbean.
  • Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico has launched a recovery fund.
  • RicanStruction has launched a recovery fund for Puerto Rico.
  • Ricky Martin, $100,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Contributions Program, $500,000 to World Vision.
  • The Sallie Mae Fund Inc. $16,666 to American Red Cross.
  • Sheetz Inc. Contributions Program, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Starbucks Foundation, $250,000 to unknown recipients.
  • United Air Lines Inc. Contributions Program, $50,000 to unknown recipients.
  • Verizon Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • The Wal-Mart Foundation Inc., $5 million to unknown recipients.

NGOs

  • American Red Cross has an estimated 500 trained disaster workers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are working with the entire response community to get help to people as quickly as possible.
  • Americares is centering its’ Maria response efforts on Puerto Rico and Dominica. In Puerto Rico it is on the ground coordinating with FEMA and Department of Health to gain situational awareness and determine how to make the greatest impact. It provided tetanus vaccines and medications to more than 300 displaced people, and is assessing various parts of the island. Americares has delivered an initial supply of medicine to the hospital on Dominica and is coordinating with other organizations on the ground to determine the status of the island’s health facilities.
  • Clean the World is working to distribute hygiene kits in areas affected by Maria.
  • Direct Relief has delivered shipments of medical aid in San Juan, and it is working the Puerto Rico Department of Health and others.
  • Disaster Services Corps SVDP-USA has launched Operation Lone Star, which includes recovery assistance centers distributing gift cards, hygiene kits and clean-up buckets in its first phase.
  • Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic is planning initial programming to help with housing recovery after Irma. Efforts will go toward housing repairs, shelter kits, debris removal, and training, among other activities.
  • Habitat for Humanity is providing shelter kits to Puerto Rico.
  • Healthcare Ready has activated its’ resources in Puerto Rico and USVI.
  • International Medical Corps is on the ground in Puerto Rico and is working with local partners to identify immediate needs to ensure that families and communities have access to health care. It also has team members in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • NetHope is working through its’ network to restore communications in the Caribbean.
  • Oxfam is preparing a response focused on water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. The organization has expressed concern about the risk of dengue, zika, cholera, leptospirosis and other vector-borne diseases. Oxfam would also respond to with food aid for the most affected people, should that be required.
  • Project Hope is working with the Puerto Rican Department of Health and others to address growing health needs. Project Hope has received DOH approval to procure and ship medicine and medical supplies to the island.
  • Save the Children is mobilizing resources to Puerto Rico to help meet the needs of children and families.
  • Toolbank is working to supply volunteer groups engaged in recovery in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
  • World Food Program has deployed staff throughout the Caribbean in affected areas, for assessments and distribution when ports reopen. It’s also seeking $20.2 million for response and recovery, including deploying emergency telecommunications support and additional humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean.

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Learn More

Why Maria got so strong so fast

Visit FEMA’s Hurricane Rumor Control page.

Facts and Stats

  • The last category-5 hurricane to strike Puerto Rico was San Felipe II in 1928. More than 300 people on the island were killed. The storm destroyed nearly 25,000 homes and damaged nearly 200,000 more.
  • Guajataca Dam, which holds more than 11 billion gallons of water, is in danger of failing. Officials have evacuated more than 70,000 Puerto Ricans because of the dam’s weakness.
  • Maria strengthened from a Category 1 hurricane to a Category 5  hurricane in one day.
  • As of Sept. 27 there are more than 10,000 federal staff, including 700 FEMA workers, on the ground in Puerto Rico.