Emergency Relief for Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria made landfall as a category 4 storm in Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017. The powerful winds ripped the roofs off of homes, uprooted trees and brought down power lines leaving 100% of the island and her 3.5 million residents, without power, potable water or communication. While some residents were blessed to have their homes and personal property spared, many people have suffered crippling losses from the storm.

Ridge to Reefs (RTR) is an environmental organization that has been working in Puerto Rico for the past 10 years. We work with local communities doing watershed restoration and conservation. You can find more information about the work RTR does at www.ridgetoreefs.org . Our Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping local communities with environmental restoration, but today we need your help to provide disaster relief to rural communities in Puerto Rico.

RTR is asking for financial donations to provide support to shelters and rural communities in the south, west and central regions of the island. We are working with Aqua Mira and Goal Zero to provide water purification systems, and portable solar power systems with inverters and batteries to provide essential support for rural communities that have been affected the most and are predicted to be without power for 4-6 months.

Specifically, we have arranged for the donation of a private flight to Puerto Rico and are coordinating with colleagues on the ground in Puerto Rico -- to get water purification systems both small homeowner scale and larger 2500 gallons per day treatment systems in place where they are needed. In addition, we are arranging for small scale solar for basic energy and communications including satellite communications for areas in need (as communications in many areas are non-existent or spotty at best).

Unlike donations to national organizations that can take months to begin distributing funds, your support to us will have an immediate and substantial impact in Puerto Rico as we are coordinating with partners and communities on the ground in Puerto Rico.  We are very concerned about the lack of safe drinking water as they are quickly running out and are planning to deploy the following systems.

1) Small community scale (2500 gallons per day)   http://www.aquamira.com/product/divvy-250-emergency-water-system/ 
2) Several neighbors (120 gallons per filter)   http://www.aquamira.com/product/waterbasics-60-gallon-water-storage-kit-with-filter/  ($200)
3) Individual/ family scale ($25) Sawyer Mini Filter
4) Communications - Iridium Satellite Hotspots

Together, we can help restore Puerto Rico back to the place that we all know and love.

We appreciate any help you can provide!


El 20 de septiembre de 2017, el huracán María tocó tierra como una tormenta de categoría 4 en Puerto Rico. Los poderosos vientos arrancaron los techos de los hogares, arrancaron árboles y derribaron líneas eléctricas dejando el 100% de la isla y sus 3.5 millones de habitantes, sin agua potable o comunicación. Muchas personas han sufrido pérdidas paralizantes por este huracan.

Ridge to Reefs (RTR) es una organización ambiental que ha estado trabajando en Puerto Rico durante los últimos 10 años. Trabajamos con comunidades locales realizando restauración y conservación de cuencas. Para más información sobre el trabajo que RTR hace en PR visite www.ridgetoreefs.org  Nuestra Organización es un 501 (c) (3) sin fines de lucro comprometida a ayudar a las comunidades locales con la restauración ambiental, pero hoy necesitamos su apoyo para proporcionar ayuda a las comunidades rurales en Puerto Rico.

RTR está solicitando donaciones financieras para apoyar a refugios y comunidades rurales de las regiones sur, oeste y centro de la isla. Estamos trabjando con Aqua Mira y Goal Zero para proveer sistemas de purificación de agua y sistemas portátiles de energía solar con inversores y baterías para proporcionar apoyo esencial a las comunidades rurales que más se han visto afectadas y que se prevé que no tengan energía durante 4-6 meses.

Específicamente, hemos coordinado la donación de un vuelo privado a Puerto Rico y estamos coordinando con colegas en Puerto Rico - para que los sistemas de purificación de agua sean pequeños y los sistemas de tratamiento de 2500 galones por día estén en los lugares donde sea más necesitados. Además, estamos organizando para la energía solar de pequeña escala y sistemas de comunicaciones satelitales.

A diferencia de las donaciones a organizaciones nacionales que pueden tardar meses en comenzar a distribuir fondos, su apoyo a nosotros tendrá un impacto inmediato y sustancial en Puerto Rico, ya que estamos coordinando con socios y comunidades sobre en Puerto Rico.

Aquí una lista de algunos de los equipos a comprar:

1) Small community scale (2500 gallons per day)  http://www.aquamira.com/product/divvy-250-emergency-water-system/    

2) Several neighbors (120 gallons per filter)  http://www.aquamira.com/product/waterbasics-60-gallon-water-storage-kit-with-filter/    ($200)

3) Individual/ family scale ($25) Sawyer Mini Filter

4) Communications - Iridium Satellite Hotspots

Juntos, podemos ayudar a restaurar Puerto Rico de vuelta al lugar que todos conocemos y amamos.

¡Apreciamos cualquier ayuda que usted pueda proporcionar!
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Raised by 1,091 people in 14 months
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