BM4F Official Statement on Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico

Sep 19, 2022 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

The impact of climate change has invaded the beloved “Island of Enchantment” (Isla del Encanto), Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Fiona has wreaked havoc on the island causing massive power outages and insurmountable flooding damage to homes. “On Sunday afternoon, a transmission grid knocked out 1.4-million tracked residents of the island, according to PowerOutage.US. Outages were at over 500,000 residents Sunday morning before the territory-wide blackout. Internet outages across the island also spiked as the power went out.” [Source].

We stand in support of our sister organization Corazon Latino who released the following statement:

On September 18, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the archipelago of Puerto Rico. Initial reports indicate island-wide electricity blackouts and heavy flooding in the southwestern region of the main island.

Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was still recuperating from the damages of Hurricane María 5 years ago, so we anticipate widespread relief needs throughout the island.

Corazón Latino has an experienced team in San Juan and the northeastern part of the island that, when it’s safe, will assess the damage and the urgent needs of vulnerable populations.

We have activated our disaster relief fund that will channel 100% of the contributions (minus credit card fees) to those communities that need it the most. We don’t take any overhead or administration fees; your support will go directly to those who need it through our on-the-ground partners.

We currently accept tax-deductible contributions via credit card and cryptocurrencies.

DONATE HERE

What’s new: Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the archipelago bringing large amounts of rainfall, provoking potentially “catastrophic” floods and damage to the fragile infrastructure of Puerto Rico. The archipelago has no electricity, and it it is estimated it will take days to restore it.

Go deeper: For more information and real time updates on the magnitude of the disaster, please follow: CBS Correspondent David Begnoud, Meteorologists Ada Monzón, and Telemundo PR.

Our thought bubble: Corazón Latino has experienced staff led by Cristobal Jiménez, volunteers, and a track record in the archipelago. We are coordinating with FEMA and the Government of Puerto Rico to assess needs and mobilize resources to support immediate needs.

What can you do: Consider supporting our work through a donation. We accept credit cards and cryptocurrency. Donate here.

Thanks for all your love, care, and support. We will keep you updated.

Con mucho, mucho amor,

Felipe Benítez and Corazón Latino staff and volunteers

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