Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid Guide


Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Leeward Islands as category 5 hurricanes. 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 these hurricanes.

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

Note: Some websites may be offline because of power issues. Try their websites again in a few days or weeks.

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 28, 2017, 11am AST

Multiple Islands


U.S. Virgin Islands

News & Updates


The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands confirms the departure of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas mercy mission.

The ship is scheduled to sail from St. Croix on Friday, September 29, accommodating up to 750 passengers from St. Croix, and will leave St. Thomas on Saturday, September 30, with up to 200 passengers from St. John and 50 from St. Thomas.

The voyage will end in Fort Lauderdale approximately two days after departing St. Thomas.

Priority for passage will be given to high risk pregnant women, the elderly and those with urgent medical needs.

Through the Emergency Operations Command, the Department of Tourism has pre-registered the St. Thomas passengers and approximately 400 individuals from St. Croix for evacuation.

Adventure of the Seas will be carrying evacuees from Puerto Rico when it arrives in the Territory. Passengers are responsible for their onward travel arrangements from Fort Lauderdale.

Information centers for registration will be open tomorrow (Wednesday) from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations: Ann E. Abramson Pier, Cotton Valley Fire Station and VI Cardiac Center (St. Croix) and Visitor Center in Powell Park (St. John).

To date, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has assisted with the evacuation of more than 2,000 passengers from St. Thomas since Hurricane Irma.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.
From Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty

Safety Check
Residents checking in as safe and reporting damage

St. John Roll Call – Safe From Irma

Fallback – Hurricane Maria Safety Check

USVI IRMA Damage Report

USVI Hurricane Irma Alert Facebook

Government House Facebook

Irma Safety Check

U.S. Virgin Islands News Update


Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid

Virgin Islands Relief Fund INC.

V.I. Donations Fund Set Up Through CFVI

My Brother's Workshop

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands – is a clearing house for many other nonprofits. New Recovery Fund

Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands

Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands – (Facebook)

St. Croix Women's Coalition

My Brother's Table

US Virgin Islands "Adopt A Family"

Irma Relief for our Sister Islands

The Women's Coalition of St. Croix

St Croix Foundation for Community Development Inc

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts For St Thomas and St Croix, USVI

Family Resource Center

St John Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Fund

For those who would like to send supplies/packages, please see the WCSC addresses below. For those who would like their packages to go to specific people or families to pick-up (especially thinking of folks who have family from St. Thomas and St. John who have been ferried over to St. Croix and who may not have addresses to send things), please note that on your box and/or call the WCSC and contact Clema Lewis: (340)-773-9272 with any special information.

• Women's Coalition of St. Croix, P.O. Box 222734, Christiansted, USVI 00822-2734
• Women's Coalition of St. Croix, 2145 Fisher St, Christiansted, USVI 00820

Puerto Rico

TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR THEIR LOVED ONES IN PUERTO RICO! Some towns have been able to set up hotlines to find family. The ones available so far are listed below:

– San Juan: 787-294-0277
– Mayaguez: 787-833-7272 / 787- 833-7373 / 787-833-9494
– Arecibo: 787-878-3454
– Ponce: 787- 844-8272
– Guayama: 787-864-1600 /787- 864-1690
– Caguas: 787- 655-9643
– Ceiba: 787-863-3330
– Vega Baja: 787-965-7770
– Humacao: 787-852-4049

For those who would like to send supplies/packages to Puerto Rico, please email Vilma Gonzalez at directly for further instructions and indicate: Para Loiza/Culebra Recovery in the email.


Puerto Rico Relief / Donation Drop-off Locations (Public) (Don’t know much about this doc, so please use as you see fit)

ALBANY, NY: Albany area folks: Centro Cívico is collecting supplies until September 29 to send to Puerto Rico. Info about the drive is below.

Items being collected: Water (a must) Lanterns and flashlights Batteries (all types and sizes) Canned food and non-perishable food Toilet paper and paper towels New socks and underwear (all sizes both sexes) Insect repellent Personal hygiene products (women, men and children) Baby and adult diapers Baby wipes Powdered milk Juice
Collection drop-off: Central Cívico 230 Green St. #2 Albany, NY 12202 (518) 465-1145
Contact: Iraida Pérez (home)

BROOKLYN & BRONX: For folks in NY who would like to donate to folks in DOMINICA the weekend of Sept 23-24:
• Preferred Donations: Can goods/ soaps / lotions toothbrushes / toilet paper/ sleeping cots/ sanitizer/ Baby pampers/ flashlights/ batteries/ mosquito repellent/ pillows/ blankets/ towels/ clothing
o Brooklyn Drop off: St. Lucia House, 438 East 49 Brooklyn,NY 11203
o Bronx Drop off: JAPS AUTO CLINIC, 770 S Columbus Ave, Mt Vernon,NY 10550

o Help Puerto Rico: A List of Trusted Organizations Offering Aid
o Where to Donate to Help Puerto Rico with Disaster Relief and Recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria
o Reputable Puerto Rican Orgs & Volunteer Opportunities


Open hospitals.
Puerto Rico… Funcionando salas de emergencia:
•Hospital Pavia Santurce
•Hospital Metropolitano en Río Piedras
•Hospital San Francisco en Río Piedras
•Hospital Pavia Arecibo
•Hospital Pavia Yauco
•Hospital Metropolitano San Germán
•Hospital Perea, Mayagüez

Mantenga en mente que La Luz en algunos de estos hospitales es intermitente y hay casos extremos que corren con prioridad. Sea paciente y gentil con el equipo que está haciendo lo posible por dar servicios.


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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