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HACU Aid to Disaster-Impacted Students, Colleges and Universities

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has been committed to assisting in any way possible students, faculty, and others at institutions impacted by natural disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“The aftermath of these incredibly devastating events is an enormous challenge for all Americans and for the world. HACU is seeking to collaborate with other sister associations and national organizations to offer support and facilitate coordination between its member colleges and universities and those most affected by natural disasters,” HACU President Antonio Flores said.

HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA (2017)

We are currently surveying our membership to see what assistance other institutions may be able to offer to those impacted by these hurricanes. As we receive this information, it will be posted on this page.  Please click on the college or university name to see contact information and an indication of the type of assistance the campus can provide.  (All information provided is as given by the campus on the date indicated.  As conditions change rapidly, the information may be dated or in error at the time of your inquiry.  Please contact the campus directly at the contact information provided for further information or clarification.)

If your institution wants to offer some help for students or faculty displaced by the hurricanes, click here to access our online form.

List of HACU Institutions Offering Assistance

Ana G. Méndez University System

Colegio Universitario de San Juan 

Delaware Valley University

DePaul University

Florida Atlantic University 

Florida International University

Meredith College

Oregon State University

Our Lady of the Lake University

Regis College

Sacramento State

Smith College

St. Thomas University

The University of New Mexico

University of Central Mexico

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Connecticut 

University of Wisconsin Parkside

 

Other organizations assisting disaster relief


MEXICO EARTHQUAKES (SEPTEMBER 2017)

We are also surveying membership to see what resources may be available for our member institutions in Mexico affected by the earthquakes in September 2017.  As we receive this information, it will be posted on this page.  Please click on the college or university name to see contact information and an indication of the type of assistance the campus can provide.  (All information provided is as given by the campus on the date indicated.  As conditions change rapidly, the information may be dated or in error at the time of your inquiry.  Please contact the campus directly at the contact information provided for further information or clarification.)

If your institution wants to offer help for institutions or their students or faculty affected by the earthquakes, click here to access the online form.

List of HACU Institutions Offering Assistance

DePaul University

Our Lady of the Lake University

 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MATERIALS ON DISASTER RESPONSE

Webinar: Non-Regulatory Guidance on Flexibility and Waivers for Grantees and Program Participants Impacted by Federally Declared Disasters

You can also find all these materials by visiting the webinar page on the National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environment’s website: https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/events/webinar/non-regulatory-guidance-flexibility-and-waivers-grantees-and-program-participants.

Need Help?

U.S. Department of Education Emergency Response Contact Center

Disaster Distress Helpline

News Release
Survivors Can Eat Breakfast and Lunch at 18 Fixed Feeding Sites in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Survivors of Hurricane Maria can find free breakfast and lunch at 18 school locations.
The Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) is managing the fixed feeding sites which provide breakfast starting at 8 a.m. for students and survivors. Lunch will be served at noon. Meals will be served seven days a week until further notice at the following municipalities and schools:
Municipalities Location
Aguas Buenas: Escuela - Superior Urbana; Carretera 156, Km 52.5, Bo Caguitas
Cabo Rojo: Escuela - Sebastian Pabon Alves; Carretera 301, Km 7, Hm 4, Sector Corozo
Lajas: Escuela - Ramon Olivares; Carretera 303, Calle Amapola, Bo. Olivares
Sabana Grande: Escuela - Jose A. Castillo; 1 Calle Felix, Tio
Escuela - Juan Vega; Carretera 368, Km 2, Hm 2, Bo Machuchal
Escuela - Blanca Malaret; Calle Pedro Rodriguez Acosta 1
San German: Escuela - Mariano Abril; Carretera 361, Hoconuco Alto
Escuela - Herminia Ramirez; Carretera 347, Km 4, Hm 3, La Haciendita
Mayaguez: Escuela - Mariano Riera Palmer; Calle Mendez Vigo 297
Escuela - Dr. Pedro Perea Fajardo; Avenida Luis Llorens, Torres
Isabela: Escuela - Dr. Heriberto Domenech; Carretera 2, Km 112, Bo Mora
Escuela - Jose Julian Acosta; 199 Avenida Estacion, Sector Los Melendez.
Escuela - Mateo Hernandez; Carretera 113, Km 3, Hm 2, Avenida Noel Estrada, Bo Guayabos
Carolina: Escuela - Dr. Jose M. Lazaro; Avenida El Comandante, Urb Country Club
Escuela - Luz America Calderon; Avenida Central Boulevar. 18 VC
Escuela - Jose Severo Quinones; Urb Jose S. Quinones, Calle Ulises Ortiz
Guaynabo: Escuela - Josefina Barceló; Carretera 177, Km 5, Avenida. Lomas Verdes, Los Frailles Llanos
San Juan: Escuela Federico Asenjo Pre-Technical Avenida Boriquen, 32015 Bo Obrero
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish). The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters, which can cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. The loan application process can be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Fact Sheet
How to Make Your Water Safe to Drink
In the wake of Hurricane Maria and flooding in Puerto Rico, water may not be available or safe for drinking, bathing, or washing clothes. Floods and other disasters can contaminate and damage drinking water wells and lead to aquifer and well contamination.
The following tips can help you ensure your drinking water is safe.
• Do not use water you suspect is contaminated. Contaminated water can lead to illness.
• Do not use suspected or contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, make ice, or make baby formula.
• Do not use water from the following:
     o Radiators
     o Hot water boilers (part of your home heating system)
     o Water beds (fungicides added to the water and/or chemicals in the vinyl may make water unsafe for use)
• Do not try to boil or disinfect water contaminated with fuel or toxic chemicals. If you suspect your water has fuel or chemical contamination, contact your local health department for specific advice.
• Do not drink alcohol, as it dehydrates the body, which increases the need for drinking water.
Make Your Water Safe by:
• Boiling
     o If water is cloudy, allow to settle, then skim the clean water above the sediment. You can also filter through clean cloth, paper towel, or coffee filter before boiling.
     o Store the boiled water in clean sanitized containers with tight covers.