Destructive Natural Disasters: Hurricanes and Earthquakes
Recent natural disasters have been devastating, impacting many with family and friends in the area. Here is how you can help victims of the hurricanes and earthquakes.
(This page will be updated as more resources become available)
For Disaster-related Donations:
American Red Cross: Visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.
International Website for Reaching Family and Friends:
Restoring Family Links: https://familylinks.icrc.org/en/Pages/home.aspx
Every year, thousands of family members are separated by conflicts, disasters or migration. The ICRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies work together around the world to locate people and put them back into contact with their relatives.
For Puerto Rico:
Hurricane Maria Recovery and Resources Info - Puerto Rico
How to contact family, friends in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria:
Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed. Include your contact information and as many details about your family member or friend as possible.
Call the Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710 for disaster assistance (please be advised lines may be busy). Staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover.
You can also try to find family and friends via the American Red Cross. They set up Safe and Well, a website designed to help make communication easier for those impacted by a disaster. Individuals can also text SAFE to 78876.
Charitable Donations for Puerto Rico:
Unidos Por Puerto Rico: United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. For more information, visit unidosporpuertorico.com.
For Island of Dominica:
Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund: http://dominicarelief.org/
Dominica Red Cross: Donate to the Red Cross in Dominica
For Dominican Republic:
Dominican Republic Red Cross Phone: Calling from Dominican Republic 809-334-4545
Address: Dominican Red Cross Calle Juan E. Dunant, No. 51 Ensanche Miraflores Distrito Nacional Dominican Republic
Email address: email@example.com
For the Earthquakes in Mexico:
Americans in Mexico:
Once you are in a safe place, please contact your friends and family to let them know you are okay. For U.S. citizens facing emergencies, please contact the U.S. Embassy: 011-52-55-5080-2000.
Please note, when in Mexico, you dial 55-5080-2000.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F. 06500.
Cruz Roja Mexicana: The Mexican Red Cross is accepting donations. Donation amounts are in pesos, not dollars. For more information, visit https://cruzrojadonaciones.org/.
Non-U.S. Citizens in Mexico:
Seeking Information about non-U.S. citizen family members in Mexico who have been missing since the recent earthquake, please visit www.redcross.org/FamilyLinks or call the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Helpline at 844-782-9441.
Charitable Donations for Mexico:
Red Cross Mexico: https://cruzrojadonaciones.org/
Unicef Mexico: https://www.unicef.org/mexico/spanish/
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9319685/k.BC99/Mexico.ht
Volunteer your time:
Volunteer and donation opportunities in the Gulf (Harvey) and Southeastern US and Caribbean (Irma) National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters website.
For more information from Partners EAP:
Personal Coping Tips During Challenging Times
For more information or to discuss coping tips during challenging times please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP. In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 10/02/2017