Dear Friends of Public Health:
While the recent hurricanes have long gone, communities affected by these devastating storms are still reeling in their wake.
Half of residents in Puerto Rico lack access to clean drinking water two weeks later. Many hospitals are relying on generators for power. Thousands of families remain homeless in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Texas, Florida and other areas across the South. The public health infrastructure has been weakened.
If you’d like to help, you can find ways to donate or volunteer on our Get Ready website. We are in communication with our federal, state and local partners and will update our list of ways to help as we learn more.
While we have been inspired by the resilience of many in these communities, many still need urgent help. Enormous public health challenges lie ahead, and hurricane season is not over yet. Thank you for your concern and support for the health and safety of those affected by these disasters.
Georges C. Benjamin, MD
APHA Executive Director