A man controls the traffic while a bulldozer clean a street of the debris left by Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, in the east of Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. The US island territory, working without electricity, is struggling to dig out and clean up from its disastrous brush with the hurricane, blamed for at least 33 deaths across the Caribbean. (Photo credit – HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Javier places on his house next to a flag of Puerto Rico, a placard that read in spanish ‘Voy a ti Puerto Rico’ (I come to you Puerto Rico), in Yabucoa, in the east of Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. The US island territory, working without electricity, is struggling to dig out and clean up from its disastrous brush with hurricane Maria, blamed for at least 33 deaths across the Caribbean. (Photo credit – HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
People line up to get on a Royal Caribbean International, Adventure of the Seas, relief boat that is sailing to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with evacuees that are fleeing after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria on September 28, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on September 27, 2017, ‘Antonio’ a survivor of Hurricanes Irma and Maria poses in a tented camp set up for those who have lost their homes in Green Valley on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin. (Photo credit – HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images)
Crew and volunteers load the Queen Elizabeth IV ferry with supplies and passengers for St. Thomas more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall September 17, 2017 in Christiansted, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurricane Irma slammed into the Leeward Islands on September 6 as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
French soliders of the 19th and 31st Regiment of the Genie (engineer regiments) clear debris and begin reconstruction in Marigot, on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Irma in which 15 people were killed, on September 27, 2017. (Photo credit -HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images)
A destroyed building housing a laundry stands empty in Oyster Pond on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Irma in which 15 people were killed, on September 27, 2017. / (Photo credit – HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 29, 2017: Caribbean nationals are still hurting more than a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Dominica, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and brought flooding and damage to the Dominican Republic and Grand Turks, Turks & Caicos. Tens of thousands more are also still impacted by Hurricane Irma, which flattened the island of Barbuda and decimated St. Maarten, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands among others. The victims of these hurricanes across these islands desperately need your help. Here are 10 easy ways you can pitch in today.
1: Support the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) here. This is the ‘FEMA’ for CARICOM nations.
2: Support The Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund to assist other Caribbean countries affected by natural disasters here.
3: Support The Invest Caribbean Now Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund here, which is raising money to support the immediate needs served by non-profit organization Samaritan’s Purse and other local Diaspora groups.
4: Support the One Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund, by Pastor Gil Monrose who has been working hard to help raise funds and collect supplies for emergency support of hurricane victims.
5: Support the Caribbean Day Of Giving on Sat., Oct. 7th across the US Diaspora by calling in your donation or pledge to local Caribbean Diaspora radio programs and platforms. You can also donate here. All donations will go towards helping the emergency work of CDEMA. Caribbean Day of Giving is being organized by the Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to disaster relief and recovery. The coalition consists of various community leaders and organizations and was organized to urgently respond to the current disaster resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but also with a charge to develop a long-term high level structure that preemptively prepares to galvanize the Caribbean Diaspora community in times of natural disasters as well as establish official relationships that will ensure efforts are well coordinated and prioritize.
6: Support the FUND FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, (FFVI), which has been set up by the non-for-profit organization, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, (CFVI), in collaboration with USVI Delegate to Congress, Hon. Stacey Plaskett and the island’s government to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations.
7: Support United For Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
8: Support the Dominica-American Relief & Development Association, (DARDA)’s Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief which is helping raise much needed funds to benefit the recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts in Dominica.
9: Support The West Indian American Carnival Day Association and the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) donation drive for hurricane victims with nonperishable food and water as well as clothing and cash. Call WIADCA at 718) 467-1797 and CACNY at (718) 625-1515.
10: Support the Las Vegas Latin Caribbean Festival Inc.’ Caribbean, West Indian Diaspora disaster relief effort on Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 3 to 7 pm in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. The group will be collecting items to be sent to areas affected by recent earthquakes and Hurricane in the Caribbean