Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
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Program Summary

In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Irma landed in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph ferocious winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. “It is the worst natural disaster on record in Puerto Rico and [several] months later, the island still does not have power and potable water in many areas. As always, our team worked with local partners to carefully assess the damage and identify communities with the greatest need for help,” said Erik Dyson, C.E.O. of All Hands and Hearts. Our team is currently operating out of two bases in Puerto Rico: Yabucoa and Barranquitas.

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We asked communities what they needed the most, and they are in desperate need for roofs, so we are installing disaster-resilient roofs for homeowners in Barranquitas and Yabucoa.

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Our work in Yabucoa and Barranquitas covers mucking and gutting, debris removal, mold sanitation, tree removal, demolition, critical home repairs and roof repair. Months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the biggest need in both areas continues to be roof repair. We are also looking to identify community spaces and schools in need of clean up/repair.

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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.

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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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