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10 Ways to Help Puerto Rico and Other Disaster Areas

In just the latest natural disaster to strike our hemisphere, Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico in a catastrophic situation. Power and communications are out, and water is in short supply. “Puerto Rico, which is part of the U.S., can turn into a humanitarian crisis,” warned its governor, Ricardo Rossell√≥, on Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas face a difficult recovery from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Mexico has been wracked by successive deadly tremors.

Brooklyn residents have a strong connection with the disaster areas: the borough is home to an estimated 176,000 people of Puerto Rican descent and 94,000 from Mexico. Members of those communities have scrambled to collect supplies and donations for the regions. Tidal, Jay-Z’s music-streaming service, announced last week that the third annual Tidal X concert will happen Oct. 17 at Barclays Center and will benefit natural-disaster victims. (Tickets go on sale today.)¬†We offer the following ten places to donate to relief efforts. The list is by no means complete; find more organizations here.