Helping Puerto Rico

Hurricane Recovery for Families

Hurricane Fiona landed on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday, September 18, 2022, just two days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

As a Category 1 storm, Fiona covered the entire island with tropical storm-force winds extending as far as 140 miles from the storm's center. Heavy rain and winds have unleashed widespread flooding and devastating landslides, knocking the power grid out for all of Puerto Rico's 3 million+ residents.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, SBP Puerto Rico’s disaster response team is:

  • Assess the damage and conduct wellness checks with all current and past clients.
  • Assist impacted families & communities with immediate recovery support, including debris clearing, mucking and gutting and mold remediation, & distributing recovery resources.
  • Partner with local and regional organizations to establish contact lists and effectively distribute recovery supplies to impacted communities.
  • Connect with state and municipal leaders and NGO partners in affected areas to ensure survivors and communities secure access to vital recovery resources, protect survivors from fraud, and set clear and aggressive recovery goals to build back quickly and prioritize those who will struggle the most to recover on their own.

Our Work

SBP has been on the ground in Puerto Rico since 2018 and has built more homes than any other organization to date. Our team disaster response teams are currently deployed to visit communities, evaluate storm damages, and assess where our support is most needed.

Every day our team works simultaneously in 8 to 12 homes, driving forward recovery construction work so that each client can return to a safe and secure home. We do this through our construction model based on the Toyota Production System, trained AmeriCorps members, and passionate volunteers. This model enables us to rebuild at a fraction of the cost of regular private contractors, which helps us ensure that we can continue our work for more families.

SBP’s rebuilding services provide long-term peace of mind to survivors: we rebuild roofs to FORTIFIED standards to protect them against high-intensity winds; utilize high-quality roof sealers to prevent water intrusion; reinforce connections between the roof, floor, and walls to improve the structural integrity of the home; repair cracks and fissures in exterior walls to prevent water and air from entering, and use hurricane-resistant aluminum doors and windows to protect openings.

Our Impact

  • 235 families back home
  • Over 2,500 volunteers, serving over 46,000 hours
  • 202 AmeriCorps members have been a part of our team
  • 136 organizations trained in leveraging FEMA, CDBG-DR, and best practices for NGO preparedness and response
  • Over 20 recovery leaders trained on building and executing an effective long-term recovery program through SBPs Leader Practitioner Course
  • 14 municipalities served - Bayamón, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Guayama, Guaynabo, Juncos, Loíza, Rio Grande, San Juan, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Vega Baja & Yabucoa

How YOU can get involved

Volunteer:
Volunteers achieve our mission of shrinking the time between disaster and recovery six days a week. Over 2,500 volunteers have contributed more than 46,000 hours of service since August 2018. We need passionate people wanting to make a difference to bring families back home! Register here.

Donate:
Rebuilding funds are always the most significant barrier to recovery for families. Donors make it possible for us to continue our service until every family has a secure roof over their heads and a healthy home to come back to.

Click here for more information about becoming an SBP Donor or Fundraiser today!

*For Act 22 Donations, click here under SBP Puerto Rico fund.

Become a Member of our Team:
Apply to become an AmeriCorps member and learn new skills while directly impacting families’ recovery. You can find more information here!

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If you're interested in more information you can also call us at 787-727-5544 or 787-982-2190.

You can also email us at prvolunteer@sbpusa.org.