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Disaster Profile

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma landed in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s ferocious 155 mph winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Hurricane Maria first made landfall over the municipality of Yabucoa, affecting the 37,000 residents who call it home. This area bore the strongest brunt of the storm, where hundreds of homes are still in need of basic roof repairs today. The interior of the island; the mountain municipality of Barranquitas, was also devastated by the storm and became nearly inaccessible for weeks due to landslides. Moreover, the city of Toa Baja suffered flooding from the hurricane itself, in addition to the subsequent release of dams, resulting in flood waters over 10 feet high.


Our Work

September 2019 marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and our volunteers are still hard at work helping to rebuild affected communities. 

To date, we’ve worked on mucking and gutting projects, debris removal, repairing of roofs, performing mold sanitation and critical repairs on windows and doors. We’ve also been working with our senior technical advisor to develop best practices in the field and were able to expand our scope of work to include repairing corrugated galvanized iron roofs and creating Standard Operating Procedures for concrete roofing. 

Our relief efforts in Yabucoa are still going strong and we’ve committed to continue work until March 2020. Teams have been working hard to re-seal roofs, install hurricane-resistant external doors and windows and sanitize homes from mold. We have also restored a half-dozen community centers, parks and baseball fields to bring back a sense of normalcy to the community.

Our Impact

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who gave 66,712 combined volunteer hours to help rebuild Puerto Rico, we’ve completed our programs in Barranquitas and Toa Baja.

Our work continues in Yabucoa, assisting a community still reeling from these hurricanes.

We arrive early and stay until the job is done. The time to get involved is now. Please make a donation or register to volunteer today! Thank you for supporting our disaster relief efforts!

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Program Work

Thanks to critical support from partners, donors, local community, and volunteers from around the world, we have been able to run impactful programs in Puerto Rico since January 2018. Our work in Yabucoa includes mucking and gutting, mold sanitation, roof repair and critical home repairs. We are also focusing on community spaces in need of clean up/repair and will be alongside the community on the long road to recovery.

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Repairing and rebuilding roofs

After inquiring with the community in Barranquitas, our team learned that a considerable number of homes sustained roof damage. When working on roofs, we abide by Resilient Roofing Standards to ensure any roof that we repair is both up to code, as well as sustainable enough to withstand another hurricane of 150MPH or less.

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Repairing and rebuilding roofs

After inquiring with the community in Barranquitas, our team learned that a considerable number of homes sustained roof damage. When working on roofs, we abide by Resilient Roofing Standards to ensure any roof that we repair is both up to code, as well as sustainable enough to withstand another hurricane of 150MPH or less.

Repairing homes

Repairing homes means repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. Repairs are carried out following resiliency guidelines and may include installing drywall, insulation, painting, flooring, and more.

An international volunteer chipping away at the corner of a door frame, in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma
An international volunteer chipping away at the corner of a door frame, in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

Repairing homes

Repairing homes means repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. Repairs are carried out following resiliency guidelines and may include installing drywall, insulation, painting, flooring, and more.

Repairing community infrastructure

Community infrastructure outside of the home or schools may still be an important element of daily life in an area after natural disasters. An example of this is our work in Yabucoa, where we partnered with Travelers Insurance to repair and restore the famous Mendez baseball complex which sustained major damage following Hurricane Maria.

Repairing community infrastructure

Community infrastructure outside of the home or schools may still be an important element of daily life in an area after natural disasters. An example of this is our work in Yabucoa, where we partnered with Travelers Insurance to repair and restore the famous Mendez baseball complex which sustained major damage following Hurricane Maria.

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All Hands and Hearts volunteers help to fix the roof for Juan Ignacio Capilla [79] and his mother Francisca [93] after Hurricane Maria.

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