Puerto Rico is suffering from a recent wave of high-magnitude earthquakes and more than 500 tremors that have rattled the island over the past several days, leaving the people and infrastructure devastated once again.
Buildings on the southern part of the island have been completely flattened. Homes have been damaged beyond repair. Schools on the island have collapsed; and with continued earthquakes, people are fearful that additional schools, which have already been inspected and have suffered severe damage, will eventually collapse as well. And the already fragile power grid continues to shut off after these massive quakes, leaving the people of Puerto Rico without power.
Students and educators don’t know when they will be able to return to their schools as they wait for them to be determined structurally safe to attend.
Our union family in Puerto Rico, the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, is working around the clock to check in with our members, their families, students and communities during these desperate times. And while in Puerto Rico, AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus met with the island’s secretary of education and helped with providing first-aid kits, Operation Agua water filters, solar-powered lights and other necessary supplies.
The people of Puerto Rico are once again feeling helpless after a major natural disaster has struck their home—and they need us. Island residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; and these recent earthquakes have undone many of the repairs made in the last two years.
Please consider contributing today so that we can be there now to provide desperately needed resources to the island.
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If you prefer to mail a check, make it out to AFT Disaster Relief Fund and mail to: AFT Disaster Relief Fund; 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW; Washington DC 20001. Please note: PR Earthquake Relief on the memo line. Checks will be deposited electronically to your bank so you may see a debit on your account rather than a check deposited through your bank.