Not even going to lie. I was scared AF about Hurricane Irma going through Puerto Rico and wiping us all out of the map. I was all over the place last Tuesday looking for ways to make my house as wind/ water proof as possible in order to survive. Thankfully, and I honestly don't know how, Hurricane Irma ended up affecting us far less than we ever thought. All because Irma decided to go a little farther north once it was over us. We are safe, with some fallen trees and no power for a few days, which is no biggie compared to what could've happened.
But I can't help but feel some kind of guilt given the fact that some of the islands in the Lesser Antilles with much less resources than Puerto Rico ended up devastated by Irma. Islands like Barbuda, which according to CNN 95% of their buildings are destroyed, British Virgin Islands, Anguila and St. Maarten ended up losing practically everything. Even our municipal island, Culebra suffer some hard damages!
Basically, it didn't feel right to create another blog post about my usual topics while these horrible hurricanes, earthquakes and wild fires keep happening in the world, all at the same time. So here are some ways you can help relief Hurricane Irma's victims:
How to help from Puerto Rico:
1. Hima San Pablo Hospital in Caguas
The hospital is receiving victims from the islands affected by Irma. Here's what they need:
- French and Dutch Translators: If you are or you know someone who speaks one of these languages, please call 787-653-6060 offering your services.
- Necessities: Men and women pj's, blankets, towels, socks, adult diapers (large and x-large), dehodorant, wet wipes, soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, pillows, shampoo and razors. You can leave these articles from Monday to Friday 8AM-5PM at the Hospital's first floor.
- Contact: 787-653-6060
- Address: 100 Avenida Luis Muñoz Marín, Caguas PR
2. SUP Action
The Paddleboard company in San Juan is receiving all articles in their facilities in order to send them over to the Lesser Antilles. Here's what they need:
- Canned Food
- Water bottles
- Food in good conditions
- First Aid Kits
- Baby diapers
- Boxed Milk
- Baby formula
- Bed sheets
- Personal hygiene items
Address: San Juan Bay Marina (Under Sizzler restaurant)
Contact: (787) 637-2338 and (787) 608-6286
They are collecting supplies of water, canned food, medicines and first aid kits and fly them over to the affected islands. They will be accepting donations until September 17 from 10:00 am until 4:00 PM. Here are the collection centers:
Roblex Aviation Center
Ave. Jose (Tony) Santana
World Cargo Building B
Carolina, PR 00979
USVI (St. Croix)
Seaborne Airlines Seaplane Base
*Due to security reasons, Seaborne requests all donations be brought in good condition boxes —not sealed and ready for inspection.
More information here.
3. American Red Cross + Gustazos
Gustazos joined forces with the American Red Cross. You can make a donation here.
We can't forget Culebra! This Puertorrican municipal island was the most affected by Irma. Green Culebra is an organization that provides help families and their kids in Culebra. You can bring first necessity items to the following places:
- Santurce - Estudio 110 (939-337-2410)
- Coamo - Buggys Cafe
- Arecibo/Manati - Rubén (787-306-3608)
- Aguadilla - Ashley (939-275-2222)
5. Fundación Banco Popular (Puerto Rico Abraza las Islas)
You can make a donation through Banco Popular de Puerto Rico's Foundation in any of the following ways:
- Account Deposit: #030-043-069
- ATH Móvil: 787-223-7300
More information here.
6. Sea Ventures Pro Dive Centers (Culebra support)
You can head over to Marina Puerto del Rey in Fajardo and bring your donations over to Sea Ventures Pro Dive Centers. They will be receiving donations Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM.
For more information, you can check out their Facebook event here.
If you know of any other way to help relief Hurricane Irma victims, please leave it in a comments bellow and I'll do my best to incorporate it in the post as soon as I can.
And to everyone in Florida, please be safe!
Until next time,