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HURRICANE IRMA & MARIA | 2017

 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria catastrophically damaged both the Caribbean and Florida. Maria was the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, the worst natural disaster in Dominica in its recorded history, and the strongest to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928. 

As of June 2018, Hurricane Maria caused at least 5,000 deaths: 30 in Dominica, 5 in the Dominican Republic, 2 in Guadeloupe, 3 in Haiti, over 4,000 in Puerto Rico, 1 in the US Virgin Islands, and 3 in the contiguous united states. Initial assessments indicate catastrophic damage to Dominica, which suffered an island-wide communication blackout. The islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique also endured widespread flooding, damaged roofs and uprooted trees. Puerto Rico suffered catastrophic damage, including destruction of its previously damaged electrical grid. Insured losses from the hurricane are estimated at $40—85 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico, making Maria’s cost comparable to that of previous Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

As of September 27, Hurricane Irma caused at least 124 deaths: One in Anguilla, one in Barbados, three in Barbuda, four in the British Virgin Islands, 10 in Cuba, 11 in the French West Indies, one in Haiti, three in Puerto Rico, four on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, 80 in the contiguous United States, four in the US Virgin islands, and two others in unknown locations. 

Our ThisIsACrisis Team is a committee with Bethenny Frankel with Global Empowerment Mission “GEM” & Third Wave Volunteers. We have collected aid from across the country to a 60,000 sqft centralized warehouse located in Miami, FL. The committee volunteers are acting as good stewards in making sure that the nations aid will be delivered into the right hands for the people in need throughout the 

Caribbean. 

 

Our ThisIsACrisis Team has marshaled over 15 Million pounds of aid to date that is destined primarily for Puerto Rico with 40% of the cargo ships capacity going to USVI and 10% going to the Island of Dominica and St. Marteen. Approximately 4 Million pounds of aid has already gone out on 54 privately chartered planes in the last month and another 11 Million pounds of aid is to be shipped.

 

This is one of the largest privately run humanitarian relief efforts in US history.  

 

We currently have 5000 pallets of aid to ship immediately to Puerto Rico. (170 40ft. containers) 

 

Container price is $4,000 (per container) which includes container, trucking from warehouse to port and shipping from Jacksonville to San Juan.

 

The price to deliver 5000 pallets to Puerto Rico is $680,000  (plus 10% contingency for overages, volunteers, travel, etc. ) 

 

Our ThisIsACrisis Team is working with Fundacíon Yo No Me Quito on the ground in Puerto Rico and both teams will personally hand deliver all of the aid to the designated areas. Crisis containers consisting of food, water, generators and necessities will be delivered to Adjuntas, Aguadilla, Aibonito, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Caguas, Ceiba, Ciales, Guayanilla, Gurabo, Humacao, Isabela, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Marias, Las Piedras, Loiza, Moca, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Peñuelas, Quebradillas, Rincón, Salinas, San Lorenzo, San Sebastian, Utuado, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa and Yuaco through Best Way Trucking. Municipality leaders will invite the local communities to the delivery sites which will be protected by private security as well as local police. 

GEM IS VERY GRATEFUL TO THE MAGIC CITY INNOVATION DISTRICT FOR SPONSORING OUR EFFORTS. 

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Participating Groups: 

Third Wave Volunteers | COH Florida | New Florida Majority | Urban Paradise Guild | Navillus (spent $200,000 on tents and equipment) | WeCount

305 films | Miami Climate Alliance | We Do Better | GRAMPS | Delivering Good | Humanity Road | GEM (Global Empowerment Mission) | HARP Rescue | Rescue Warriors

H.E.A.R.T. (Angels with a Hummer) Citizens Climate Lobby | Logos Capital | SFLRS  | Catalyst Miami | Central Florida Jobs with Justice | Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Community Justice Project | Dream Defenders | EcoTech Visions | Engage Miami |Faith in Florida | FANM - Haitian Women of Miami Fight for 15 | Florida Cares | Florida Council of Churches | Florida Immigrant Coalition | Florida Rights Restoration Coalition | Florida Student Power Network  Fort Myers Dream Center | Habitat for Humanity Collier and South Dade  | League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County | Lee County Homeless Coalition | Make the Homeless Smile | Miami Climate Alliance  | Naples New Haitian Church of the Nazerine | Newtown Community Bible Church | Next Level Church | Organize Florida | Phsycians for Social Responsilbity  | Power U | SEIU 1199 | SEIU Florida | St. Matthews House  | STARS Complex Community Forum | Sustainable Miami | Tampa Hillsbourgh Action Plan (THAP) | Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth