Hurricane Irma Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid Guide

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Hurricane Irma devastated the Leeward Islands as a category 5 hurricane. This storm is affected people living in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the United States. This guide is for people interested in supporting people affecting by this hurricane.

You can use Charity Navigator to research aid and solidarity groups and projects.

This guide should not be construed as any kind of political endorsement or label of groups or those helping people affected by the hurricane.

Updated: September 8, 2017, 10pm AST

U.S. Virgin Islands

Safety Check
Residents checking in as safe and reporting damage

USVI IRMA Damage Report

USVI Hurricane Irma Alert Facebook

Government House Facebook

Irma Safety Check

V.I. Donations Fund Set Up Through CFVI

U.S. Virgin Islands News Update

Shelters on St. John:

Bethany Methodist Church
Julius Sprauve School

Shelters on St. Thomas:

E. Benjamin Oliver School
Lockhart Elementary
Nisky Moravian Church
Knud Hansen Complex
Sugar Estate Head Start
Special Needs: Community Health Center

Shelters on St. Croix:

St. Croix Educational Complex
Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged
Claude O. Markoe School

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands - is a clearing house for many other nonprofits.

Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands

Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands - (Facebook)

St. Croix Women's Coalition

My Brother's Table

Puerto Rico



MEDICC - Founded in 1997, MEDICC is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California that has worked to promote US-Cuba health collaboration and highlight Cuba’s public health contributions to global health equity and universal health.




Hurricane prep tips

A few hurricane tricks for those who may need it:

1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
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