CharityWatch Hurricane Relief Alerts
CharityWatch has compiled this list of Hurricane Relief Alerts, with links to highly efficient charities providing relief. For additional disaster relief alerts and charity news, visit the CharityWatch Hot Topics page.
Puerto Rico Relief – Hurricane Maria Aftermath
Hurricane Maria directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. Even today, the effects of Maria are still being felt across the island. The official government death toll in Puerto Rico is listed at 64, but a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that more than 4,600 “excess deaths” occurred in the aftermath of the storm. These “excess deaths” can be attributed to the failures of medical and other critical infrastructure on the island. Even this updated death toll is likely an underestimate, according to the study.
There has been $16 billion in federal disaster relief approved for Puerto Rico, but that total is considerably lower than the $94.4 billion Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has said the island needs for its recovery efforts. The damaging effects of Hurricane Maria will likely continue to plague the island and its residents for years to come. (Originally posted May 31, 2018.)
CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in ongoing relief efforts and humanitarian assistance for the victims of Hurricane Maria and the residents of Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria Relief
Hurricane Maria devastated the islands in the eastern Caribbean less than two weeks after they were victimized by Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction. Maria first made landfall on the island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm, causing at least 27 deaths on that island alone.
Hurricane Maria then proceeded to directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. It was the first and strongest Category 4 or higher storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 80 years. The storm ripped trees out of the ground and slammed the island with 145 mph winds. Most buildings in Puerto Rico were damaged or destroyed by Maria, and millions were without power or communications. Many residents of the island have been isolated due to roads being blocked by debris or completely washed away. The Puerto Rico Resident Director reported that the devastation set the island back 20-30 years. (Originally posted September 25, 2017.)
Hurricane Irma Relief
Hurricane Irma will go down in history as the most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded. It left at least 26 people dead and thousands homeless across the Caribbean. The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. John and St. Thomas suffered catastrophic damage. The full extent of the destruction in the Caribbean is widespread and continues to be assessed.
Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. At least four deaths were reported in Florida in the wake of the storm. It dumped rain across the entirety of Florida causing massive destruction and leaving millions without power. The storm surge in Jacksonville exceeded a record set by Hurricane Dora in 1964. Parts of downtown Miami were flooded. Many of the islands of the Florida Keys were completely inaccessible in the storm's aftermath. (Originally posted September 11, 2017.)
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Hurricane Harvey is the state of Texas’s worst storm in more than 50 years. Harvey is the first hurricane to hit the state since Ike in 2008. The death toll related to the storm is relatively low at 70 people. However, Harvey and its record-setting rains caused severe damage in many parts of Texas and Louisiana, and the full extent of its destruction still remains to be seen. The recovery and rebuilding efforts in Harvey's aftermath are expected to take years. (Originally posted September 8, 2017.)
CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the Texas Gulf flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.