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Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief:
What's Happening and How to Help


The U.S. Geological Survey reports that more than 950 earthquakes and aftershocks have impacted Puerto Rico since December 31st. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake, the strongest earthquake so far, struck off the southern coast of Puerto Rico on January 7, killing at least one person, displacing thousands of families, and contributing to an island-wide power outage. Sadly, the impacts of these earthquakes only serve to exacerbate the devastating legacy of Hurricane Maria that decimated the island in 2017.

Each of the projects below will support Puerto Rico earthquake relief efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners. This list of responding organizations and their relief and recovery projects will continue to grow as our nonprofit partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.

We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.

Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief and Recovery Projects by GlobalGiving’s Vetted Partners

Puerto Rico Earthquake Emergency Fund
Natural disasters do not wait, do not warn. The only thing we can control is how we react to them. A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southwest part of Puerto Rico followed by 1,200 more on a lower scale. PR Rises is providing first aid supplies. Also, workshops to communities offering the necessary tools for better execution and decisions made when facing a disaster. Currently, there are more than 10,000 refugees. People are sleeping on the streets including elders and infants.
Helping families terribly impacted by earthquakes
Puerto Rico has received the impact of 717 earthquakes in the last couple of weeks which have escalated up to 6.0 on the Richter scale. The devastating images show shattered houses, schools and other important structures leaving hundreds of families without a home and unprotected. At Nuestra Escuela we are working on the collection of food and essentials, but aiming to soon begin a campaign whose purpose is the collection of construction materials to build new homes for affected families.
Puerto Rico Earthquake Response
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Puerto Rico at in the early morning hours of January 7, 2020. The earthquake marks the strongest in a string of escalating seismic activity that started on December 28, 2019. More than 200,000 people may require humanitarian assistance. International Medical Corps' Puerto Rico team is on-the-ground working to reach those most affected by the earthquake to provide emergency response care.
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
This is a disaster legal aid initiative with a legal empowerment perspective. We will provide legal education and support to families and communities affected by the recent earthquakes. This program will also train pro bono lawyers and students who will help provide legal assistance to these communities through community brigades. Our work is grounded on our experience after the 2017 major hurricanes, when we created and implemented the first disaster legal aid initiative in the Island.
Emergency Fund: Women's Health in Disaster Zones
Este Fondo de Emergencia ayudara a Taller Salud a cubrir los costos de servicios de justicia reproductiva para las mujeres afectadas luego del terremoto. Mientras las mujeres esperen por vivienda digna y ayuda, trabajaremos para asegurar su salud sexual y reproductiva. \ This Emergency Fund will help Taller Salud cover reproductive justice services for women in the midst of earthquake recovery. While our women await housing and aid, we must work to ensure their sexual and reproductive health.
Arropando de esperanza a Puerto Rico
On January 7, 2020 PR was hit by an earthquake, which affected the southwest area of our island. We still feel tremors of smaller magnitude at the island level. Some of the residents in these areas lost their homes and others suffered significant damage to their structures, so they are mostly sleeping in tents, cars or outdoors. They are lacking blankets to cover themselves, with these funds we would be providing with 100 blankets for the people impacted by the earthquake in PR.
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