MARIA, MEXICO, IRMA, HARVEY AND SOUTH EAST ASIA.  AFTERMATH

By Janette Speyer | How and where to Help the victims of world devastations.

Santa Rosa comes to terms with the scale of devastation: 3,000 buildings lost, many dead in fire

After the fires had roared through, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano drove through the wreckage of Santa Rosa’s Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood.<p>Twisted beams and garage doors crumpled like old newspapers had replaced street after street of tidy homes. The hubcaps from charred cars had melted into …

California

Federal officials accidentally emailed a reporter their plans to spin Puerto Rico.

In late September, the Pentagon included Bloomberg News climate reporter Christopher Flavelle on a series of emails meant for Pentagon employees.<p>The …

Carmen Yulín Cruz

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

US government providing 200,000 meals a day to meet needs of 2m people ‘There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis’<p>Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.<p>Officials …

Caribbean

Donald Trump is allowing things to get worse in Puerto Rico

The Jones Act was passed in 1920 and required goods sent between U.S. ports to be transported by American vessels<p>Under President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has allowed a temporary waiver on the Jones Act to expire without renewal — meaning Puerto Ricans facing desperate …

Caribbean

How to help people affected by the massive fires burning California's wine country

An estimated 50,000 people in Northern California fled their homes by car and on foot early Monday as a series of wildfires swept through the state's prized wine country.<p>Some will return to the counties of Sonoma and Napa to find their homes, vehicles, and possessions turned to rubble.<p>Nearly two …

Santa Rosa

One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico

A team of New York Times reporters and photographers spent 24 hours with people trying to survive the catastrophe that Hurricane Maria left behind in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers All-Star Latin Artists for Hurricane Relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the “Hamilton” mastermind, was on a family vacation in Austria when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island where his parents were born and where he spent countless summers growing up.<p>Immediately, he wondered, “What can I do with my skill set to help?” Then he started …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Haiti After Matthew

One year ago this week, Hurricane Matthew leveled Haiti's southern coast, creating a new crisis in a country that had already seen more than its fair …

Haiti

Elon Musk's Response to Puerto Rico Is Pure Marketing Genius (And Should Be Required Reading)

The lesson from Elon Musk: Stop asking people to pay attention to your brand. Start doing things worth paying attention to.<p><i>"When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world."</i><p>Elon Musk may have said those words decades ago, but perhaps never in his storied career …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover After Hurricane: Pictures

Energy

Here’s What Puerto Rico Faces Once It Gets Past Maria

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico,” Governor Ricardo Rosselló said after Hurricane Maria pummeled …

Caribbean

Mark Cuban Lent the Mavericks' Team Plane to J.J. Barea to Fly Supplies to Puerto Rico

Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban loaned the team’s private jet to point guard J.J. Barea to deliver emergency supplies to Puerto …

Caribbean

Photos reveal dire situation unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a vicious Category 4 storm, has left the U.S. territory in ruins. The power grid across the …

Caribbean

Hurricane Season Travel Insurance: How Does It Protect You?

Hurricane Season and Travel Insurance After this hurricane season travel insurance purchases will probably increase. What we’ve experienced this year …

Travel Insurance

A Heroic Woman Chartered a Plane to Rescue 300 Animals from Hurricane Maria

"I did it because it had to be done."<p>In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we've certainly seen some heartwarming animal rescue missions. But one Virginia …

Hurricane Irma

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Where to send your money<p>Puerto Rico this week was rocked by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm and the strongest to hit the area in 80 years. Maria …

Hurricane Maria

Here’s How You Can Help the Victims of Mexico City's Catastrophic Earthquake

A list of charities and organizations that are providing relief<p>A deadly 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico Tuesday — causing buildings to collapse across …

Mexico

Univision And Telemundo Will Air Telethons To Raise Funds For Earthquake And Hurricane Victims

As the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of this week’s devastating earthquake in Mexico and the remnants of Hurricane Maria continue to pound Puerto Rico, which has caused multiple deaths and destroyed most of the island’s power grid, Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo …

Orlando

Delta Is Offering $199 Flights Out of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic Ahead of Hurricane Maria

The airline is also waiving fees for those changing flights from affected areas<p>With Hurricane Maria heading toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands …

Jewish communities helping Irma evacuees

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Starbucks' Response to Hurricane Irma Is a Masterclass in How to Take Care of Your People

When your team needs someone to lean on, be the rock.<p>Before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck the United States this summer, experts correctly predicted the unprecedented destruction and loss the storms caused. Now, following the back-to-back catastrophes, millions of workers are trying to regain …

Reporters who covered both Harvey and Irma from the eye of the storm compare their damage

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma are the only Category 4 Atlantic storms to ever hit the United States in the same year—let alone the same two weeks.<p>Their landfalls turned the past few weeks into an emotional maelstrom of displacement, property damage, and conversations about climate change. …

Weather

Donate to Hurricane Irma Relief

Support charities providing relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma with PayPal. Donations are made to PayPal Giving Fund, a 501(c)3 charity. PayPal …

Celebrity-packed telethon raises funds for hurricane victims

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jay Leno's 90-year-old uncle is still trapped in the seventh floor of a Florida apartment building.<p>He has enough food and his phone works, but there's no electricity and the temperatures continue to hover in the high 80s and 90s.<p>"You know how hot it gets," Leno told CNN backstage at the …

Entertainment

The toll of Harvey and Irma on America’s schoolchildren

Hurricane Harvey arrived in Texas just as the school year in Houston was supposed to start. Instead of heading to class, many children huddled with family at home or in shelters as the floodwaters rose. Some had to be plucked from flooded houses and roads. The storm battered school buildings, …

Education

Epic Floods Challenge Aid Workers On Opposite Sides Of The World

With a reported 50 inches of rainfall, flash flooding and high, murky waters, Hurricane Harvey in Houston has gripped America's attention. But halfway around the world, another flood has wreaked havoc on historic levels. Two weeks ago, record monsoon rains hit parts of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, …

American Red Cross

Click here to support Alex's Disaster Relief Effort organized by Alex Roth

Hurrican Harvey<br>Hurrican Irma<br>Hurricane Jose<br>Wildfires in California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho<br>8.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico<p>In the wake of these …

Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names

<i>Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma.</i><p>Harvey and Irma Schluter have been married for 75 years. He turned 104 in July; she will be 93 in November.<p>They vividly remember many of the major events of the 20th century, from her first time spotting an airplane, during the Great …

John F. Kennedy