Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery

  • Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage, power outages, fuel shortages

  • Most powerful Puerto Rican hurricane since 1928

  • PADF to help communities rebuild and become more resilient

On September 20, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico. Its effects were catastrophic, knocking out electricity and telecommunications services and sending multitudes into shelters. Buildings and infrastructure suffered massive damage, including the Guajataca river dam that threatened 70,000 residents living downstream.

PADF is actively collaborating with local organizations to assess damage, and gather and validate information on Puerto Rico's evolving needs in the wake of the catastrophic hurricane. Given the extraordinarily difficult distribution environments currently present on the island, we are encouraging financial rather than in-kind contributions.

Aside from immediate relief, Puerto Rico will require significant investments to rebuild what was lost in the hurricane. PADF will respond by rebuilding vital infrastructure and community services in partnership with local grassroots organizations.


Help Puerto Ricans Recover from Hurricane Maria:

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All donations in USD. Your contribution will be used to help Puerto Ricans recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria. Thank you for your contribution.

PADF to Implement $1 Million Grant from PepsiCo Foundation for Disaster Recovery


Thanks to a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation, PADF is going to implement disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico City, following recent Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City earthquake. Our recovery and rebuilding efforts will focus on vital community infrastructure and community services like schools.

We Build Back Better

After a disaster, PADF is dedicated to helping communities recover in a way that makes its disaster resilience better than it was before. In other words, we're dedicated to "Building Back Better." There are many steps a community can take to reduce its risk of disaster, like using proven construction techniques or increasing awareness about vulnerabilities. We are dedicated to helping communities improve their disaster resilience. See more about the Building Back Better framework.

Disaster Recovery Insights: Focus on Community Buildings

Not a single neighborhood in Puerto Rico was spared from Hurricane Maria's destructive winds and severe flooding. The widespread devastation on the island calls for major investments to reconstruct buildings and community services that were lost.

Schools, for example, are a high priority for various reasons. First, they create necessary stability for families whose daily lives have been interrupted by the hurricane. Sending children to school for the first time after a disaster is a major step in restoring normal life. In addition, schools and other community centers often serve as shelters, gathering points, and even temporary medical clinics for future hurricanes and extreme weather. In areas affected by disasters, schools and other community buildings often become multi-purpose centers for humanitarian coordination. When these services are fragile or non-existent, communities are more likely to experience more severe and prolonged effects following disaster events. In contrast, communities that have robust infrastructure tend to be better equipped to withstand and recover from disasters.

Since founding in 1962, PADF has responded to over 70 major disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. See a complete list of our response to disasters.

Disaster Preparedness

PADF works with communities to help reduce the negative effects of disaster as well. Below are several recent PADF projects that address vulnerabilities in communities that face a high risk of disaster.