Jan 16, 2020
Islamic Relief USA in Puerto Rico to Assess Needs of Residents in the Aftermath of Earthquakes
Alexandria, Va. – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) will participate in relief efforts in Puerto Rico, as the island recovers from some devastating earthquakes that has forced thousands of evacuations and infrastructure damage.
In the days since a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the island, thousands of residents have been displaced. Electricity is still cut off from much of the region.
IRUSA has partnered with New York Disaster interfaith Services (NYDIS), a New York based organization that has helped many island residents who have evacuated previously during other natural disasters, such as Hurricane Maria. Members from IRUSA and NYDIS will be traveling to Puerto Rico this week to distribute emergency aid in the affected areas in collaboration with local partners. IRUSA is also collaborating with Centro Islamico del Caribe.
The organization will also be conducting a needs assessment.
“The people of Puerto Rico need our assistance, as it is obvious that many parts of the island are far from returning to the sense of normalcy that previously existed,” said Syed M. Hassan, communications specialist for Islamic Relief USA. “We want to make sure people are provided help and that we can provide comfort in whatever way possible during this still-difficult period. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico.”
The first phase of the visit involves an immediate response to the earthquake, in which items like water, buckets and dried goods will be provided. The second phase will consist of long-term recovery help.
IRUSA will also meet with officials from FEMA and the Puerto Rico Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide
relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in
their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40
countries around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national
charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S.
government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Written by Syed M. Hassan
Islamic Relief USA l irusa.org