One of the strongest Category 5 storms on record, Hurricane Irma, slammed into the Caribbean islands on September 5-7, before moving on to Florida on September 10. Despite the storm changing course and passing just north of Puerto Rico, the island’s residents still suffered heavy flooding, sustained winds and fallen trees that blocked roadways and damaged buildings. An estimated two-thirds of the island was left without power and roughly 56,000 residents had no potable water.

While still reeling from Hurricane Irma, another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria, struck Puerto Rico on September 20 and further devastated the island. In a single day, the storm dumped nearly 40 inches of rain on the island, leaving its entire population of 3.4 million without power. Forecasts estimate it could take months for power to be restored; 95% of the island is still in the dark after two weeks. Access to food, water, gasoline and cash remains severely limited and distribution is complicated by damaged roads and weakened communications. The current death toll stands at 34.

J&J will join efforts with The Resource Foundation (TRF) and local partners to evaluate needs and identify areas for effective collaboration in affected communities. Every dollar makes a difference, and your donations will be crucial in helping the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild in the coming months. As a company, let us stand together with those in need!

All donations will be matched by J&J 2 to 1!! To take advantage of the matching program, please be sure to check the “Corporate” box on the donation page and include “Johnson & Johnson” in the comments section.

Click here to donate to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

 

 

Cover photo: “170921-A-JG703-080” by U.S. Department of Defense