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Accepting donations to help people impacted by Hurricane Fiona - Neighbors For Neighbors

Cool Story - Accepting donations to help people impacted by Hurricane Fiona - Neighbors For Neighbors

Neighbors For Neighbors, founded in Miami shortly after Hurricane Andrew, has been helping those affected by catastrophes for almost 30 years.

They stated on Monday that they were taking donations to help those in Puerto Rico who had been severely affected by Hurricane Fiona.

Neighbors For Neighbors has a procedure in place for identifying the places that need help the most after catastrophes, and it will collaborate with other groups to provide support and recovery to the communities affected by Hurricane Fiona. 

The current goal is to identify the areas with the greatest needs. They collaborate with partners who work for several charitable organizations and support them by bringing relief supplies and other necessities. They want to determine where those needs are because every situation is unique.

The most common aid and means by which they can purchase necessities is money. Because Puerto Rico is a US territory and those areas were severely affected by Hurricane Maria and are still recovering, it is even more crucial to help them rebuild. As long as they are required, they will help.

Chief Operating Officer Emily Fullmer reports that workers at the Global Empowerment Mission in Doral are putting together 1,000 family necessity kits for individuals in need in Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, the island will receive these kits, which also contain socks, rice, beans, canned goods, pastries, and other stuff.

Puerto Rico has over a million people without power. Electricity on the island might not be fully restored for several days.

They are currently focused on getting food and water to flood-affected people before moving on to Phase 2, which would involve sending additional pallets of supplies by air and ocean, which will take an additional 5 to 6 days. According to their partners on the ground, the power outages generated power demands as well as needs for clean water, leaving a large portion of the population without power. These are some of the most pressing issues that they need to focus on.

Time is of the essence. They must begin working with their partners there as soon as possible. As they sent 55 flights and 86 containers of supplies there in the wake of Hurricane Maria five years ago, they have experience working there and are therefore familiar with the supply networks and the best ways to get supplies there as quickly as possible. They have a strong commitment to helping those in need.

The Urban Search and Rescue team of Miami-Dade County activated three members to help in Puerto Rico. Following Fiona's Sunday landfall as a Category 1 storm southwest of Puerto Rico, which produced strong winds and flooding, the three members of Florida Task Force 1 have been activated to help local responders in search and rescue operations.

Chief Fire Officer of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Brandon Webb stated, "We are going to Puerto Rico at FEMA's request to help coordinate individual and logistical support of continuing search and rescue efforts as well as damage assessments being done right now by local responders." 

After the bombing in Oklahoma City in April 1995, the fall of the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti, Colombia, and Turkey, and most recently after the disastrous Surfside building collapse, Miami-Urban Dade's Search & Rescue team has previously been called upon to help.

Whipping winds and torrential rain from Fiona seriously devastated the vulnerable electricity grid.

About 100,000 residents had their electricity back by Sunday, according to the island's power utility, LUMA, but the entire island may take several days to regain power.

Massive flooding and landslides were generated by the storm.

In the eastern and southern regions, up to 30 inches of rain were predicted to fall, according to forecasters on Monday.

There are more than 100 open shelters.

Donations can be made online at Donate or by texting HURRICANEFIONA to 41444.

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