Natural Disaster Information, Relief Opportunities

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Over the course of the last few months, we’ve witnessed Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and two Mexico earthquakes devastate communities. Here’s what happened and how to help.

Hurricane Harvey

Harvey is the first major hurricane to make landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005; it’s the wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history. It reached tropical storm status on August 17, 2017, and became a Category 4 hurricane on August 25. It made landfall near Rockport, Texas; The Weather Channel had to create a new color to demonstrate the amount of rainfall in Houston, where there was unprecedented flooding. Harvey has caused at least 84 confirmed deaths.

Relief sites include, but are not limited to:

Global Giving

World Vision

Salvation Army

Hurricane Irma

Irma is the strongest observed hurricane in the Atlantic since Wilma and the most intense to hit since Katrina. It was the second major hurricane of the 2017 season and became a Category 5 hurricane on September 4, 2017. It caused catastrophic damage to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, especially to Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands. There are at least 124 reported deaths in the Caribbean and U.S. combined.

Relief sites include, but are not limited to:

-Funds: Unicef USA

-Blood: One Blood

-Places to stay: Airbnb

-Time: United Way Miami

Hurricane Maria

Maria became a Category 5 hurricane and the tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. It was the third major hurricane in a row to threaten the Leeward Islands with a direct strike or major impacts within the last two weeks. It’s the most intense to make landfall anywhere in the U.S. since Camille in 1969. It’s been devastating to Puerto Rico and the strongest since San Felipe in 1928. Puerto Rico has virtually no power, as Maria wiped out the electric grid. It could be three months before they see power again. There are at least 59 recorded deaths, and estimated losses amount to almost $85 billion.

Relief sites include, but are not limited to:

Hispanic Federation

-Google (Search Hurricane Maria)

FEMA

Hand in Hand

Mexico Earthquakes

Recently, there have been two earthquakes in Mexico: one in Oaxaca on September 7 and one in Mexico City on September 19. The second quake was of 7.1 in magnitude and occurred on the anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake which killed nearly 10,000 people. Even with 20 seconds’ notice, at least 355 people have died so far, and more than 6,000 are injured. 45 buildings have collapsed, and schools are closed indefinitely. Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically active regions, sitting atop several intersecting tectonic plates.

Relief sites include, but are not limited to:

Unicef USA

Public Good

Salvation Army

Oxfam Mexico

Unfortunately, there has been a significant lack of media coverage for Hurricane Maria and the Mexico earthquakes. Victims of all these natural disasters need help, whether in the form of funding, time, blood, or materials. Each listed organization is dedicated to providing relief for these victims, and it is crucial that anyone capable of helping do so. To learn about safe donations, visit here.

 

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