You can help Irma recovery efforts

By Newsroom America Feeds at 13 Sep 2017

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Irma's destruction continues You can help by making a donation to support relief and recovery efforts happening now.

100% of donations will go to community-led recovery efforts. DONATE NOW


The reports coming back from the Southeast United States and the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma could tear your heart in two.

Search crews are going door-to-door to rescue neighbors in the Florida Keys, where there's still no electricity, fuel, running water or cell service. In St. John, USVI, hungry residents are trekking miles in search of food and clean water. Patients in a hospital in Jacksonville had to be evacuated by boat after floodwaters inundated the first floor. With flooding in South Carolina, and over a million people in Georgia without power, Irma has still not finished its destruction.

Forty-five people are dead as a result of this cataclysmic storm, still a living nightmare for much of the southeastern U.S. We need to help our partners on the ground get into these communities and assist with relief efforts -- now, before that death toll climbs higher. Please, make an emergency gift of $5 or however much you can today. Rush a donation to the Sierra Club's Irma relief efforts today. Remember, 100% of funds donated will go directly to community-led recovery efforts in areas impacted by Irma.

We're sorry to keep throwing numbers at you, but it's the only way that we personally can fully grasp the impact of this once-in-a-generation storm. Ninety-four thousand Floridians remain in shelters, and as many as 13 million people statewide still don't have power. Some Puerto Ricans could be without water for months.

What will make recovery in places like Puerto Rico so difficult is how weak the infrastructure already was: its electric grid prone to disruptions, its five-story coal ash piles disproportionately threatening low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Irma threatens to push the already-bankrupt island further into poverty.

This intersection of social, economic, and environmental justice issues in communities affected by Hurricane Irma goes to the heart of the Sierra Club's mission. Simply put, we have one chance to get this recovery right -- and your emergency gift of $5 or more now will help the Sierra Club and our local partners ensure that no person or community is left behind. Click here to contribute $5 or more now, so that our local partners can help frontline communities bearing the brunt of Irma's aftermath.

Thank you for your generosity in the face of such unimaginable horror. We know our partners appreciate your support-and so do we. Together, we will ensure a just and equitable recovery for all affected by two of the worst storms in our nation's history.


Frank Jackalone, Director, Sierra Club Florida Chapter

Adriana Gonzalez, Environmental Justice Organizing Representative, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter

Image: CC2.0/Florida National Guard.


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