Hurricane Relief Efforts and Vital Information

Here are links and some information in regards to the relief efforts for Hurricane hit areas. They are not from mainstream news media sites and take a little bit of research to find. Hope at least one of them will be beneficial to someone out there.

Daily updates on all relief efforts are posted by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Assistance and other information can be found on FEMA’s site. The IRS has information on tax relief for victims.

U.S. Agency for International Development shares key developments in relief efforts.

On September 27, with JTF-LI support and in coordination with humanitarian partners, USAID/OFDA distributed emergency relief items to village councils in the remote locations of Grand Bay and Bagatelle in southern Dominica. …

On September 29, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reports having delivered 10 metric tons (MT) of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) to Dominica from its pre-positioned stocks in Antigua …

Puerto Rico

FEMA Rumor Control Site

Samaritan’s Purse has feet on the ground. They have videos of some residence, the devastation, and handing out supplies. Follow them on Facebook for up to date information. Their last update:

Our first major distribution of relief supplies on Puerto Rico began Sept. 27. Also, during the week of Sept. 24-30, we completed our missions on the Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Martin. So far, over 40,000 people have benefited from our work in the Caribbean.

The US Army reported on the 28th:

Fifty nine of 69 hospitals are operational with unknown status. Roughly 44 percent of the population remains without drinking water. The San Juan Airport and nine other airports are open. Three seaports are open and five are open with restrictions.

Twelve Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) systems are operational and aiding Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with 10 more assets in the process of being set up. …

Three days after the storm’s Sept. 20 landfall, eight Airmen of the 126th Communications Flight, Illinois Air National Guard, set up their JISCC alongside the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Wing operations building at Muniz Air National Guard Base, providing invaluable, non-stop communication support to the command post. …

Dozens of military police from the New York National Guard are in affected areas, as requested through an official agreement with Puerto Rico and New York. …

Nearly 60 Soldiers of the 285th Medical Company (Area Support), Ohio National Guard, are treating civilian and military patients at the St. Croix hospital. …

The rest of the Puerto Rico National Guard is focusing on assessing 69 hospitals and provisions. Of the 37 facilities assessed thus far, 29 are operational. …

A total of 258,596 meals, 416,260 liters of water, and nine military vehicles arrived in Puerto Rico Sept. 27. Two air support missions are slated to transport 1.4 million meals to San Juan for distribution to 12 Guard armories throughout the island for points of pick up.

PETA is hard at work and taking care of over 350 animals. Doesn’t look like they say anything about the statuses of the owners of the animals however. But they have pictures and updates through out the day.

We’re working with a stray dog and cat rescuer, who has taken in more than 350 animal refugees. Our team supplied the animals with food and clean water, scrubbed the cages, and comforted animals traumatized by what they’ve endured, desperate for human reassurance.

Beatriz Rossello, the first lady of Puerto Rico, took to Twitter to thank PETA for helping with rescue efforts, and urged others to donate food and other supplies to animals in need.

The team was up early Thursday [28th] morning to try to get gas—not an easy task in Puerto Rico right now—and get to a supermarket to stock up on supplies. Upon the PETA team’s arrival, a local activist joined them and kindly provided a van for them to use. A local Sam’s Club also lent a hand by donating much-needed dog and cat food as well as other supplies.

The US Southern Command has been in Puerto Rico since the 9th.

Southcom deployed Joint Task Force Leeward Islands to Puerto Rico on Sept. 9 to support the evacuation of U.S. citizens and to provide assistance to the Dutch and French militaries on St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Since its deployment, the task force has purified more than 21,000 gallons of water, distributed more than 7,000 gallons

The Defense Logistics Agency has been involved since before the hurricane hit. They have on-going updates on their website.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency stood up an Incident Support Base at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Kelly Field to aid Hurricane Maria relief efforts with support from the 502nd Air Base Wing Sept. 21.

Their latest update was a new briefing from the Governor of Puerto Rico. Given the tides of politically motivated opinions, a few things should be noted about the Governor of Puerto Rico. He is President of the New Progressive Party, this party wants Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States. He was formerly a Democratic delegate casting his ballot for Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama. He appeared in one of Clinton’s get out and vote ads. There is also a recent clip of the Governor on the View.

The Governor of Puerto Rico is the Commander and Chief of the Puerto Rico National Guard. He issued an Executive Order in regard to the hurricane on September 17th.

Puerto Rico’s governor said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria’s devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.

Food, water and fuel are flowing to the people most affected by the hurricane, Gov. Ricardo Rossello told reporters during a morning news conference from San Juan. …

“We had 500 shelters, but now that is consolidated to 150,” Rossello said. “We have 11 regional staging areas throughout Puerto Rico that have been receiving food and water.” …

Fifty-one of the island’s 69 hospitals are open. …

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with local officials on power generation, water purification and sewage disposal since the storm hit, the governor said.

The Governor comments in regards to relief efforts provided by US:

“very grateful” to President Donald Trump and praised the response by the federal government to the catastrophic damage caused to the U.S. territory by Hurricane Maria. ~ September 23rd

Puerto Rico’s governor said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria’s devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way. ~ September 30th

Official contact information in regards to the disaster relief effort as well as donation information are listed on the Governor’s website. The Emergency Agency for Puerto Rico has a website. FEMA has a website dedicated to Puerto Rico.

More information on a locality might be found on one of these pages. The Puerto Rico Mayors Associations or there is also the Puerto Rico Mayors Federation which I was not able to find the website for.

Direct Relief provides periodic updates related to Health Services.

I have purposely left out the Mayor/Trump saga – it’s just sensationalized on all sides, the Mayor’s (overly dramatic), Trump’s (overly reactive), and the media’s (likes poking bees nests and then running). We should be so much smarter than falling into the pits the media keeps leading us to.

Irma

Not much update happening now but here a few:

FEMA Rumor Control Site

Samaritan’s Purse reported:

In Florida, our volunteers continue working in the Keys and Naples. They are chainsawing trees, tarping roofs, and will soon perform mud-outs. We have two disaster relief units in the Sunshine State thanks to a partnership with Samaritan’s Purse-Canada, one of our international affiliate offices. We have completed work in Apopka and Ft. Myers. So far, nearly 500 volunteers have helped more than 400 homeowners across our four locations. Praise God that 17 people have repented and turned to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

Direct Relief provides periodic updates related to Health Services.

Baptists on  Mission are still posting updates on their assistance, on the 28th they posted:

Feeding and cleanup teams are hard at work on Big Pine Key, Florida.  Meal counts continue to hover around 5,000-6,000 per day.  Over 100 volunteers are working each day to meet the needs.

Defense Logistic teams are still on the ground and giving periodic updates.

 “We collected 80,110 bottles of water, with Rob Baker’s division winning the competition after collecting 29,891 bottles.”

Harvey

Not much update happening now, see the links listed at the top of this blog.

FEMA Rumor Control Site

Samaritan’s Purse on the 29th:

We are working in five locations across flooded Texas, and our disaster relief teams have received more than 3,800 homeowner requests for help. Nearly 6,000 volunteers have joined our relief efforts, and 305 people have made decisions to follow Jesus Christ.

Harvey Relief on Twitter.

 

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