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Broward residents that have experienced damage from Hurricane Irma, can apply for assistance from FEMA. Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov
FEMA Immigration Requirements
Questions about immigration requirements for FEMA assistance? You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien to qualify for a grant from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. However, undocumented individuals can apply on behalf of a minor child who is a citizen and has a social security number. Voluntary agencies also provide help regardless of citizenship/immigration status. Visit ImmigrantFamily.org for details.
Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Click here for details!
Residents are urged to go to their nearest Broward County Library that is open. For a list of open libraries, visit Broward.org/library. Internet service will be available at each Library’s Computer Center. Someone will be there to assist you in getting online.
For anyone who is 60 years of age or older and needs assistance, they can call the following agencies:
• Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County’s Elderly Helpline: 954-745-9779
• Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services: 954-357-6622
2-1-1 Broward: A 24/7 comprehensive agency in Broward County that provides individuals and families with all of the critical connections to health and human service agencies and programs they need in just one call.
3-1-1, Broward County Call Center: Provides a single point of contact for the services and programs offered by more than 60 agencies of Broward County government.
On this page: Public Service Announcements and other resources:
Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
Visit the Disaster Unemployment Assistance website.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365–day–a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human–caused disaster. Phone: 1–800–985–5990
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
Visit the USCIS field offices site for closing schedules and updates.
This PBS article highlights the following donation and aid links to Puerto Rico:
Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the storm. Here’s how you can help.
Cash. Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:
· United for Puerto Rico (spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico)
· Former U.S. presidents have expanded their One America Appeal to include recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
· Save the Children, which focuses specifically on the needs of families and their children.
· Global Giving has a $2 million goal for victims of Hurricane Maria
GoFundMe has also created a hub that includes all campaigns for Hurricane Maria. You can also find campaigns for individual families seeking help for loved ones.
Supplies. The government of Puerto Rico has also launched a guide that details how individuals or companies can donate emergency and construction supplies (from bottled water, hand sanitizer and formula to extension cords, tarp and safety glasses). The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations here (and corporate giving here).
Volunteers. Once infrastructure is stable, the island will also need volunteers. VOAD is a good place to start. It can help match you with organizations with efforts already underway.
Spread the word. Part of the problem is that much of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean isn’t able to ask for help, due to loss of power and infrastructure.
Facebook has a safety check page for victims and their families to check in with each other, as does Google Docs’ person finder. If you or loved one has access to any kind of cell or internet service, the American Red Cross also has an Emergency! App for saftey check-ins and updates. Univision launched an interactive page where you can search for updates on individual municipalities. Officials in Puerto Rico are asking people to report U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance to the State Department through its Task Force Alert program. Go to http://tfa.state.gov and select “2017 Storm Maria.”
Save the Children Mexico (page is in English)
Global Giving (page in English)
International Community Foundation (page is in English)
World Vision (page is also in English)
GoFundMe (page is also in English)
Catholic Relief Services (page is in English)
Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.
GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.
Universidad Ana G Mendez - Temp Command Center and drop-off site.
15201 NW 79th Ct, Miami Lakes, FL 33016
Viernes 3pm a 7pm
Sabado 10am a 5pm
Domingo 10am a 4pm
Isla del Encanto - drop-off site
Viernes de 12pm a 10pm
12850 SW 120th St, Miami, FL 33186
Ay Bendito food truck - drop-off site
Domingo 1pm a 6pm
9225 SW 137 Ave Miami FL 33196
MANA Wynwood warehouse drop-off site
Sabado 11am a 5pm
225 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL. 33127. Drop off
Casa Borinquen drop-off site
Sabado 1pm a 5pm
6519 Taft St, Hollywood, FL 33024
View the latest information from U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the region:
Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean:
See the latest Security and Emergency Messages
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (246) 227-4000
See the latest Security and Emergency Messages
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(599)(9) 510-6870
Emergency After-Hours Telephone +(242)357-7004
The Dominican Republic:
If you are concerned about non-U.S. citizens in Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maarten, please visit the Netherlands Red Cross Safe and Well website.