Hurricane Maria smashed through Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm yesterday and wrecked much of the island. It is the first Category 4 Hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1932 according to ABC. The entire country lost power and it could take weeks to months for the power grid to recover after already being hit by Hurricane Irma.
That means over 2 million people have no power in the United States commonwealth.
Puerto Rico is already in a delicate state and filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. This kind of infrastructure damage will no doubt complicate things for the people who live there. The minimum wage in Puerto Rico was reduced from $7.25 to $4.25 an hour as a part of this bankruptcy crisis due to a U.S. plan called PROMESA in 2016.
This will certainly impact the ability of people to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.
The Puerto Rican communities around Florida have mobilized to get supplies to send to the people in Puerto Rico impacted by the storm. Shipments of supplies are already being accepted in Puerto Rico starting today. Here is where you can donate supplies around Tampa Bay:
The Prestige Barbershop of Tampa Bay
(Monday to Saturday from 11AM to 7PM)
105 US-301 #109
Los Gorditos Bar & Grill
(Tuesday to Saturday from 12PM to 9PM)
6110 Causeway Blvd.
Los Gorditos Food Truck
3125 W. Hillsborough Ave.
La Fondita de Leo in Clearwater
(Monday to Sunday from 11AM to 9PM)
528 Cleveland Street
El Rico Frappé Latino
(Monday to Sunday – Hours vary)
122 Pierce Christie Dr
• Canned milk (UHT or Carnation) or box milk
• Canned food
• Flash lights
• Batteries (C,D,DD)
• Dog and Cat food (small bag)
• First-Aid items
• Mosquito repeal sprays (ex. OFF)
• Baby food
• Cleaning items
• New underwear for men and women
• Baby onesies
Local food truck The Cake Girl has setup a fund as well for people to donate to at: http://www.youcaring.com/hurricanevictimsinpuertorico-956986
Any tips on other places to donate? Shoot me an e-mail at carloseats[at]gmail[dot]com.