Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Relief - with so many Floridians with family and friends in Puerto Rico, here are some ways you can help and links to resources
State Assistance Information Line - call 1-800-342-3557 to receive information regarding Hurricane Maria recovery
Puerto Rico Emergency Management - Facebook
- How to Find or Reunite with Loved Ones
- Federal Response Updates
- Point of Distribution Locations
- How to Help
- Urban Search & Rescue Operations
- Puerto Rico Road Status
- Safety Tips
- Helping Children Cope
Uber Free Ride for Puerto Rico Residents in Florida - In response to Hurricane Maria, Uber is providing free rides for displaced people arriving from Puerto Rico at Orlando International Airport, Miami International Airport, Port Everglades and the Port of Miami.
For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.
- English - American Red Cross Safe and Well
- Spanish -American Red Cross Registro en la Lista Sano y Salvo
Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross.Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.
According to news sources, these avenues are also available to find people in Puerto Rico:
- The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration directed those seeking information or assistance to call 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710. The agency is prioritizing emergency situations, like people who are in dire need of medical attention.
- The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has set up a hotline at 877-976-2400 for people staying at hotels.
- Puerto Rico Maria Updates, a public Facebook group, is collecting information for those affected by the storm.
- Facebook has also turned on its Safety Check feature for people in areas affected by Hurricane Maria.
- Map and Phone Directory of local emergency operation centers in Puerto Rico
- The island’s government radio station WIPR at 787-777-0940 or 787-766-0505, which is helping people figure out what zones their family members are in. You can also listen live for updates at 940 AM and 91.3 FM.
Better Business Bureau's Florida Hurricane Guide - Hurricane Information Resource for your Business
Disaster Relief Centers (DRCs) are now available at the following locations:
Orlando International Airport
1 Fuqua Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32827
Terminal A, Level 1
Miami International Airport
4200 NW 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33122
Concourse J, 4th Level
Port of Miami
1015 North America Way
Miami, FL 33132
Specific terminal to be determined pending ship arrivals.
Hours of Operation at all DRCs: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT, including weekends.
The following organizations are offering services at each DRC:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Department of Children and Family
- Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Department of Health
- Department of Economic Opportunity
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Catholic Charities (Orlando International Airport)
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