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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
SOS NOW! A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southwest part of Puerto Rico followed by 1,200 more on a lower scale. Every day there are few. 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 20,000 refugees. People are sleeping on the streets including elders and infants. Natural disasters do not wait, do not warn we need to be ready.
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.
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.
Adjuntas "Manatial" Project for Water Conservation
The project will identify existing springs and create 3 water fountains through artists intervention to facilitate access to clean water in case of emergency and/or natural disaster in Puerto Rico and raise consciousness about water protection access and importance. One visual artist and one creative writer will be paired to intervene in 3 existing springs in the Puerto Rican mountain range of Adjuntas , which is 15 minutes away from the epicenter of last January 2020 earthquakes.
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