(UNION CITY) – Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico on Wednesday and has continued to impact the island by knocking out power and communications and impacting the availability of food and clean water. In response to the disaster, Mayor Brian P. Stack is urging residents to contribute to the American Red Cross who deployed a multi-island response team for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“The pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are devastating,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “The American Red Cross has been on the ground working tirelessly to assist in disaster relief. They are only able to help through private donations and do not receive government funding so I am urging residents to give what they can to help the efforts in assisting the people of Puerto Rico. No amount is too small.”
At this time, the American Red Cross is only accepting monetary donations for hurricane relief. To donate to the American Red Cross, please visit Redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
“The resiliency of the American people is demonstrated in times of disaster,” said Stack. “Our ability to come together and help each other illustrates what is truly great about our country and our people.”
If you are trying to locate loved ones in Puerto Rico, you can call the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710.