The NLPA is an organization united by our commitment to the greater good. This can take many shapes, and includes providing information to its membership around disaster relief resources. Our members can assist communities in need through a variety of means, such as:

  1. donating (e.g., money, clothing, and non-perishable items)
  2. volunteering; and
  3. advocating and mobilizing other resources, to name a few.

Below are links to multiple sources of information focused on disaster relief efforts. We hope this information provides you guidance as to how you may contribute your time, energy, and resources to those stricken by a disaster. Please contact [email protected]  in order to obtain further information, provide additional resources that can be added to this list, or to discuss other ways in which you can be of assistance.

 General Information

Safety Registration
  • American Red Cross Safe and Well site
  • After a disaster, it’s important to let your family and friends know that you are safe at a site that can be searched by loved ones. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.  
  • Facebook Safety Check Crisis Response If enough people in an affected area post about an incident, Safety Check is activated. Facebook users get prompted to go to Safety Check to let friends know they're safe. They can see which friends have marked themselves safe, invite more friends to Safety Check, and find or give help.
APA Psychology Help Center (info on various topics):
The Community Health Resilience (CHR) Guide and Toolkit. This a Toolkit which gives information and guidance in areas of community health resilience that may be useful to the affected communities.
Offices, Studies, and Societies
International Trauma Studies
All Locations
  • The Red Cross provides continuing support to all those also affected by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico. Visit their website for information on donating money or volunteering your time.
  • Juntos Podemos Relief Fund is a collaborative of Urban Strategies and public and private relief and development agencies created to bring technical expertise to a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based grass roots organizations in and of the communities they serve to help families recover and rebuild their lives in Puerto Rico and Texas. 
  • One America Appeal is a joint appeal launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Puerto Rico
  • NYC Donations for PR:  If you're a New Yorker and want to help Puerto Rico with physical donations, here's a list of locations where you can contribute! NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio  announced 18 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can donate critically-needed items for Hurricane Maria relief. These items will be delivered to families directly affected by the storm. Below is a list of items New York City is collecting to send to those affected by Hurricane Maria: 
    • Diapers 
    • Baby food 
    • Batteries 
    • First Aid Supplies 
    • Feminine Hygiene Products 
Please note the City is only collecting the items listed above. There are 18 drop off locations accepting donations across all five boroughs. Donations will be accepted during the hours of 7 am through 9 pm. Please be aware that FDNY members at these locations may not be present during drop-off hours if they are responding to an emergency. Manhattan Engine 91: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem) Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood) Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side) Bronx EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania) EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose) Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill) Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx) Queens Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst) Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona) Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights) Brooklyn Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick) Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick) Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park) Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park) Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick) Staten Island Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton) Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond) Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)
Puerto Rican Family Institute - A drop off point for donations. They have social service locations in NYC and Puerto Rico.
145 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011
Media Articles on PR and the Hurricane: 
  • Mexican Red Cross provides support to all those also affected by the earthquakes in Mexico. Visit their website for information on donating money.
  • Topos es una brigada de rescate voluntario, autosuficiente no gubernamental ni comercial; por lo que necesitamos su ayuda para completar nuestras labores con los afectados en Juchitán.
  • Fondo Unido México Hemos activado nuestro Fondo de Emergencias para poder intervenir a favor de las comunidades afectadas en México debido a los recientes desastres naturales.
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF  Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, LatinoJustice PRLDEF protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. LatinoJustice is collecting funds to distribute to two main disaster relief groups in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Treatment, Legal Assistance, & Professional Volunteer Opportunities
Disaster Mental Health Treatment and Mental Health Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer/Work Opportunity: Any electricians, plumbers, carpenter's, and general handyman interested in going to Puerto Rico and/or the Virgin Islands for emergency response work, please email Nate Albers . They would need to be able to immediately deploy, be able to work long hours and 7 days per week, commit for a minimum of 30 days, and be able to pass a basic background check. ANYONE Looking for work please reach out to Nate Albers on the email address above.

Legal Assistance
Puerto Rican Bar Association Legal Corps-will organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance.