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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Recent activities -- working to support long-term water resilience and food resilience by working with Apoyos (community kitchens/non-profits) as well as sustainable farms

We are using solar powered pumps and working to install off-grid refrigeration (using solar) at small sustainable farms to address both short and long-term needs for power and water. (Most of these farms still do not have power or clean drinking water).
Piping instalation to collect rainwater
Rainwater harvest for community gardens
Cisterns for Apoyo in Caguas
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• Transported and distributed over 750 water filters for families and small communities
• Imported and placed into action 3 Community scale DIVVY water filtration systems
• Distributed over 40 cisterns for distribution of drinking water and rain water harvesting for communities, schools, farms and individual households
• Helped to reach inaccessible communities by bringing in 6 chain saws and materials to run and assisted the volunteer brigades
• Replaced two roofs
• Distributed microgreen seeds to sustainable farmers for rapid (6-10 days) food production after the hurricane
• Purchased and distributed over 50 blue tarps for people who lost their roofs
• Purchased and distributed over 15 solar charging stations (Goal Zero and similar systems)
• Purchased fuel for a 2500-gallon water truck for potable water distribution in the south for distribution to communities that were without drinking water – extended the effectiveness of these efforts with cisterns – that were refilled for vulnerable communities
• Arranged for private flight with 1500 lbs of relief supplies including medicine, water filtration systems, food,
• Distributed over 2 tons of food together with community based NGO partners while working on critical water issues and distributing water filters
• Supported small sustainable farms directly with funding for recovery

Where we are focused moving forward!

• Working on refrigeration systems to be run off solar power for sustainable farms for added food security and resilience
• Working directly with small farmers to support
• Continuing to purchase and install rainwater harvesting systems that include water filtration for on-going lack of drinking water service in many areas and to provide water security in future emergencies or electricity outages – our focus is particularly with schools that remain without water, community centers in the mountains, vulnerable coastal communities and small sustainable farms
• Helping to identify springs that are relatively safe to drink from and ones that are not
• Identifying areas where lead and other contaminants are high in drinking water and working on improved filtration at schools and households
cistern and pump installed
Farm brigades/cistern installs
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We have been continuing to provide support to the people and communities in Puerto Rico -- we have been focusing on a number of things including supplying filters to community groups, individuals and others distributing them; installing cisterns for rainwater harvesting for medium and long-term water security as one of the biggest challenges after the storm was sourcing clean water to drink in the mountains of PR despite 60-90 inches of rain falling in most of these areas annually. We have been placing these cisterns at community kitchens and with community organizations, on farms, and in small communities where people are sharing water with their neighbors. So far we have supplied over 30 cisterns mostly 500 gallon cisterns as well as 350-gallon, and some 200 gallon cisterns; we have also supplied over 750 individual filters that can be used for families or even small neighborhoods; we have also brought 3 larger community based DIVVY mobile water treatment systems that have provided large quantities of water to communities in need. We have also worked on the repair/ replacement of two roofs with zinc panels and helped to shore up foundations; we have also purchased resources for brigades, including 6 chain saws, goal zeros systems, food and participated in clearing debris from roads to get to stranded communities and helped remove trees and debris from agroforestry farms. We have supplied resources to NGOs that we have worked closely with such as Levantando de Valley de Anasco that we have witnessed the great and important work they are doing and also the extensive needs of some of the communities. We have also helped to purchase fuel for a 2500 gal water truck that our colleagues are using to supply water to communities where water service is still out. Other aspects of our efforts that we are working on are supporting sustainable agriculture and farms -- with over $1000 of seeds/medium for microgreens which can be produced quickly and we are evaluating low-cost cold-storage that can be powered by renewable energy to add to the sustainability and resilience of the local food system. Also, recently we worked with Surfrider Rincon to test several brands and types of filters for their ability to remove indicator bacteria from a contaminated surface water spring and they all passed the test. We will also be working with them on the identification of springs with little to no bacterial pollution so that when combined with the use of filters -- there will be better information available for future emergencies.
Replacing a roof with great partners
Community kitchen in Mariana
Rainwater harvesting install
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We just purchased another 300 filters and 10 cisterns and are looking to purchase another 50 - 100 cisterns to be able to ensure that communities have clean drinking water during the next few months while power and water service is being restored. Many of the cisterns we are looking to purchase are able to be opened in half, cleaned and stored where needed in fire houses (los bomberos) and schools for rapid deployment in future emergencies. Please continue to help and share if you as well -- so that the mountain towns and coastal areas will more accessible clean water and have greater long-term water security!! Thanks!
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Raised by 1,007 people in 4 months
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