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Hurricane Maria Relief Information

Together with our partners, the Red Cross is providing food and water, helping reconnect families and mobilizing thousands of relief supplies, including comfort kits, blankets and cleanup kits.

American Red Cross Domestic Response

The American Red Cross is launching a multi-island relief effort with government officials and disaster partners to help people impacted by Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We have had employees and volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands since before Hurricane Irma made landfall. We will resume service delivery as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are mobilizing volunteers and relief supplies to help those in need. While getting relief materials to the islands is difficult, we are working with our federal, corporate and community partners to send supplies to the region by both sea and air soon.

  • The Red Cross will be deploying relief supplies such as water, rice, beans, ready-to-eat meals, cleanup kits, home repair kits, tarps, trash bags, insect repellant, hand sanitizer, work gloves and more.
  • Given that communication is almost impossible with cell service interrupted, we are shipping in satellite phones and other technology supplies to help.
  • On the Virgin Islands, Red Cross workers will continue to operate and support emergency shelters. On Puerto Rico, shelters are managed by the government, but the Red Cross is preparing to support sheltering efforts if needed.
  • Officials estimate that emergency shelters and food support will be needed by a large portion of the population in both territories for weeks. The Red Cross will continue to be on the ground working with dozens of disaster partners like the Salvation Army and Save the Children to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other services to help affected communities.

    Red Cross International Response

    Maria’s landfall on Caribbean islands already devastated by Irma is making it difficult to deploy supplies and people. The International Federation of the Red Cross is working with government and relief agencies, along with Red Cross Societies from around the world to provide support as quickly as possible to where it is most needed. The American Red Cross has played a role in this international response:

  • The American Red Cross has committed $100,000 to assist in meeting the immediate needs of those affected.
  • The American Red Cross is deploying three disaster response specialists to Dominica as part of an international response to support the Dominica Red Cross. They will set up IT-telecoms systems for the response, provide information management support for assessments and coordination, and help develop a plan for potential cash grant distributions when possible.
  • The Red Cross societies across the Caribbean are focused on meeting the immediate needs in their territories. These needs include search and rescue, the distribution of vital relief supplies, and damage and needs assessments as well as steps to reduce the risk of epidemic outbreaks.

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