In addition to the deployment of emergency response teams, Americares has also been working with the Puerto Rico Department of Health to stock emergency shelters in San Juan with necessary medical equipment and vital supplies. Since the storm, torrential rains have caused historic flooding, and mass evacuations may be necessary in the event of a possible dam failure. Americares, and likeminded organizations, are beginning the difficult task of assessing the many health system needs and planning for a lengthy recovery.
The 3.5 million people who make up the population of Puerto Rico are fellow American citizens facing a legitimate Humanitarian Crisis. Please take a moment to read more about the situation and donate what you can towards your fellow Americans.