Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans need access to local, trusted, information to aid in their recovery, and to help prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. The "Info as Aid" service reaches more than 1 million Puerto Ricans each week, and has become a critical source of locally-driven recovery news and information across the island. Help us keep this service running for another year, to ensure communities are prepared for the next hurricane cycle and build a more resilient Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria knocked out many of Puerto Rico's radio stations with 38 radio stations still out of service. 100 local TV stations still have temporary offline status or unconfirmed status. After the storm two of the island's biggest newspapers, El Nuevo Dia and Primera Hora, laid off almost 60 staffers. This has left Puerto Ricans with a massive information gap-- both in terms of accessing critical information for recovery and rebuilding, and coverage of issues important to their communities.
Info as Aid connects Puerto Ricans to local recovery and preparedness information and provides a platform to share news and concerns. The Info as Aid page has reached nearly half the population of Puerto Rico and now averages close to one million people each week. Isolated people and families who need assistance are connected to neighbors and local NGOs. In other cases, our stories have allowed citizens to hold their local leaders accountable by sharing viral posts about critical issues.
When people have reliable access to trusted, accurate, and timely information they can take charge of their lives. Info As Aid has built a community network across Puerto Rico, where people can give and receive help, call out unaddressed recovery issues, and get critical recovery news. With the next hurricane season on the horizon, this service will help build resilient, prepared communities.