Hurricane Relief and Recovery
Preparation & Evacuation
Hurricane Nate Resources
- Track Entergy outages | Report Entergy outages at 1-800-ENTERGY | Entergy Updates: http://entergystormcenter.com/
- Track CLECO outages | Report downed CLECO lines at 1-800-622-6537 | CLECO Updates: https://www.facebook.com/ClecoPower
- Register for Federal assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov, via a smartphone at m.fema.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585.
- Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC)
- Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Where to donate
Louisiana Funds & Resources
The City of New Orleans: The city is collecting much-needed supplies for relief efforts in Puerto Rico in support of Governor John Bel Edwards’ statewide donation drive. The City added another drop-off location at the Junior League of New Orleans, bringing the total number of drop-off locations to four.
The public is encouraged to drop off in-kind donations at the following locations through Wednesday, Oct. 11:
2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
7 a.m.-7 p.m. (everyday)
5403 Read Blvd.
7 a.m.-7 p.m. (everyday)
2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
7 a.m.-7 p.m. (everyday)
Junior League of New Orleans
4319 Carondelet St.
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
For more information on GOHSEP’s statewide drive, click here.
United Way & SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. You can give here.
Greater New Orleans Foundation NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Activated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. You can give here.
Humane Society of Louisiana: A fund used to support animal rescue and relief. You can give here.
Texas Funds & Resources
Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. You can give here.
All Hands: This nonprofit has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give here.
Local food banks: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
The Texas Diaper Bank: The Texas Diaper Bank, which is based out of San Antonio, is putting together relief kit for families with very small children who need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations. You can give here.
The Driscoll Children’s Hospital: It’s accepting financial donations now. They serve a large area, and people from many affected parts of the coast are likely to need their services. You can give here.
Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here.
The Houston Coalition for the Homeless: The group is facilitating shelter for homeless people in Houston, including offering up-to-date information about which shelters currently have space, who’s the best fit for each one, and how to get there safely. You can give here.
Puerto Rico Funds & Resources
World Central Kitchen: From Houston to Puerto Rico, Chef José Andrés and their Chef Network have stepped out of their kitchens and onto the front lines to use the power of food to support communities affected by natural disasters. Your donations will fund food, fuel, chef travel, and logistics. World Central Kitchen is a registered 501c(3) organization. EIN: 27-3521132.
Light and Hope for Puerto Rico: A Citizen Campaign: This campaign is a grassroots concerned Puerto Rican citizen effort (under the stewardship of Salvador Gabriel – a 15-year-old moved to action in the face of the devastation around, Marta Michelle Colon, Ricardo Rivera, Jean Tirri, Juan Guillermo Herrans, Kichi Beauchamp, Carlos Dalmau). Citizens are taking the power in their own hands, and responding to conditions they are seeing on the ground first hand. The campaign is supported by friends of C+Feel = Hope ( Brad Israel, Hollis Meminger, Jill Van den Brule and many more). Solar Sister and their partners like d.light are providing technical guidance and outreach support for ensuring that quality solar solutions reach the Puerto Ricans in need.
Providing solar powered lights, mobile phone chargers, and hand-powered washers, we can create an immediate positive impact for thousands of families affected by Hurricane Maria. For every $100, they can provide solar light, mobile phone charger and non-electric portable washing solution for a Puerto Rican family in need.
Americas for Conservation + the Arts: They are collecting donations for sustainable farmers and projects that need to get back to growing healthy food. More than supplies, they need long-term sustainability!
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund: This fundraising is being organized by Taller Salud, Popular Democracy in Puerto Rico, and Caño Martín Peñain Puerto Rico. Funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working with these communities.
Solidarity Brigade in Puerto Rico (West Coast): This registry was created in order to provide people in Puerto Rico with some essential articles in this time of desperate need. Puerto Rico is directly in the path of the strongest Hurricane to hit the island in almost a century. The articles donated will be sent directly to relief worker volunteers located in the town of Mayaguez, which is expecting the least damage from the Hurricane. These workers will work together to assess the particular needs of the communities and provide resources to those who need it the most.
Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paypal account: Vah23@wildcats.unh.edu
Mayagüez: Eury Orsini
Calle Mariano Abril 101A
Barrio Buena Vista
Mayagüez, PR 00680
Sabana Grande: César Atresino
Colinas de Villa Rosa
Calle F casa B-48
Sabana Grande, PR 00637
Sagrado Corazón University: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón has created a support center for its students, Santurce, and other marginalized communities that need immediate help. Its support center, named Sagrado Contigo, receives nonmonetary donations at the University. Monetary donations are also encouraged through their Banco Popular account or Paypal. For more information go to www.sagrado.edu/
Hispanic in Philanthropy Fund: Collectively the PR Foundations Network has vetted and funded hundreds of community-based nonprofits working in Puerto Rico. Hispanics in Philanthropy has created a fund to earmark resources to go directly to this network that best knows the short and long-term needs for getting the island on its feet. (https://hipgive.org/project/
Puerto Rican National Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will also match every donation given. Email: email@example.com for local organizations that accept donations. https://www.nprchamber.org/disaster-relief
Banco Popular: The Banco Popular Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Popular, has created a fundraising campaign Embracing Puerto Rico to facilitate financial support for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Popular will match the first $1 million raised through this campaign.
Ciencia Puerto Rico: Are you a scientist? Well, maybe you would like to help the scientific community through Ciencia Puerto Rico! If you are outside of Puerto Rico, on this page you will find a registry to provide assistance to scientists and students impacted by the hurricane; vetted ways of donating and contributing; opportunities for medical and technical volunteers; NIH and NSF disaster guidelines; and other ideas of how you can help with the recovery. If you are a student in Puerto Rico and need to request help, you can complete their help request form online.
Univ. of PR Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA): UPRAA has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Puerto Rico to offer all alumni and Friends Abroad an opportunity to donate. All funds collected will be channeled to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s United for Puerto Rico relief efforts.
Center for a New Economy: The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank that advocates for the development of a new economy for Puerto Rico. You can donate to their Puerto Rico Relief Fund if you are interested in this organization based in PR.
Ricky Martin for Puerto Rico: Dear friends, Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in history, and the island desperately needs us. Hurricane Maria left devastating damage leaving thousands of people affected. For this reason, I decided to create this page to collect funds to provide the basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I know I can count on your support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable and much-needed contribution. – Ricky Martin
Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico: The Club has established a fund to provide basic needs and repair their facilities which serve as community centers for different towns. http://www.bgcpr.org, 787-216-8406.
Puerto Ricans in Action: A growing coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses in the greater Los Angeles Puerto Rican community have started a crowdfunding Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund that will benefit several local PR organizations such as ConPRmetidos, Iniciativa Comunitaria, and Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico. Their campaign ends on October 7.
Monica Puig: The Puerto Rican Olympic tennis player Monica Puig has started a crowdfunding campaign Help Rebuild Puerto Rico. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
JJ Barea Foundation: JJ Barea Foundation is an entity that was created to coordinate and facilitate the contributions that Dallas Mavericks player José Juan Barea and his group manage in order to use sport as a tool for social transformation. They have started a crowdfunding campaign Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to collect donations.
Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico #PRxPR: The #PrxPR campaign will use 100% of the donations to the most affected communities. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@PRxPRorg).
ConPRmetidos: All donations to the Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund will exclusively support the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María and Irma in Puerto Rico and provide relief and aid the communities affected by this disaster. The funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter and water and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
ConnectRelief: ConnectRelief is coordinated by Caras, an NGO located in Puerto Rico. Caras created, developed, implemented and validated the concept based on past experiences in post-disaster Guatemala, Haiti, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. I don’t know them, but I was just on a call with very trustworthy Puerto Ricans who said they trust them 100%.
Friends of Puerto Rico: Friends of Puerto Rico (FPR) has launched the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund that will allow individuals to make donations to help rebuild Puerto Rico after the most devastating storm to Friends of Puerto Rico is partnering with the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club and will work with faith-based organizations to provide aid to special projects and most affected areas. FPR is a charitable organization approved by the IRS and the Government of Washington, DC. We also are also a certified non-profit organization by Facebook and Google.
United for Puerto Rico – PRFAA: United for Puerto Rico is an organization whose staff is working on a full volunteer basis. The funds donated to the organization go directly to help Puerto Rican citizens rebuild their homes. Donations will focus on necessary construction materials to rebuild homes and also provide the labor which is 100% volunteers. To ensure full accountability and transparency of these donations, the organization is working with Microsoft and Evertec Inc. to establish a platform to track how the organization spends its funds. The organization, United for Puerto Rico, was developed by the office of the First Lady Beatriz Rossello and is promoted by the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. See their presentation here.
National Funds & Resources
One America Appeal: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have brought terrible devastation — but also brought out the best in humanity. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama wanted to come together to help fellow citizens in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean as they recover and rebuild. You can give here.
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation: After the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 80 years, our fellow citizens desperately need our help. We are launching the USHCC Foundation Puerto Rico Relief Fund. We believe now is the time for our country to come together as business leaders, but more importantly as Americans to ensure that our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico have the resources they need in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction.
American Red Cross: Usually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster. It says it is providing shelters for those displaced by Harvey, and it has thousands of volunteers on the ground in the state. You can give here.
Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. You can give here.
Foundation Beyond Belief: The humanist group is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects. You can give here.
Direct Relief USA: This organzation offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people are able to get what they need when they need it. You can give here.
Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. You can give here.
Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more. You can learn more about its efforts here.
Airbnb: The hospitality company is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room. More information here.