Fuel Relief

Nothing happens without fuel.

Fuel Relief Fund is on the ground in Puerto Rico! As reported in all the major news outlets, the lack of fuel continues to be the most pressing need. Relief supplies are at hand, but the fuel to get them to the people is not.
Most of the island is still without electrical power. The entire grid was destroyed, so the only electrical power is coming from generators, powered by fuel. This situation is expected to last for months, maybe even a year. The devastation is immense. People are still dying. Many have gone without any type of aid. People in some areas are drinking rain water. People with diabetes have no access insulin. Dialysis centers have run critically low on fuel to run their generators. Fuel stations continue to run low and operate for only a few hours at a time. The lines for fuel are unbelievably long.

Fuel Relief Fund is providing FREE FUEL to those in need.
  • We are giving away fuel to the people of Puerto Rico so they can run their vehicles and generators.
  • We are giving away fuel to clinics, hospitals, and elderly care facilities so they can have lights, refrigeration, and working medical equipment.
  • We are giving away fuel to fill generators to operate water treatment plants so people have clean drinking water.
  • We are giving away fuel to first responders and other NGO’s so they perform their life-saving work.

Every dollar goes to procuring fuel and the logistical support to deliver it. Nothing is spent on overhead. You cannot imagine what a difference free fuel will make to the people of Puerto Rico.

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The international disasters database EM-DAT, as cited by Oxfam, reports that the number of disasters and climate related disasters have been on the rise over the past 30 years. There are nearly four times as many disasters annually now than there were in 1980.

Climate-related disasters are on the rise and will continue to rise as human-caused and natural phenomena alike pair together meaning more rainfall and intense storms in the short term. Ocean temperatures are rising, creating new global patterns in precipitation and increasing the intensity of hurricanes and typhoons. Increased incidence of superstorms leads to more flooding, displacement, with overall increased damage and loss, occurring in less predictable ways across the globe. The commonly termed “El Niño” cycles have been shifting and intensifying from this oceanic warming, bringing greater flooding and storms. This is particularly the case in El Niño years when oceanic temperatures in the Pacific are already warmer, with greater potential for drought in off years. 

While storms and droughts alike are indeed more intense and severe, why more disasters are occurring has less to do with ‘Mother Nature increasing her wrath’ and more to do with the global population increasing rapidly – leading to heightened vulnerability of populations, or the poorest with the least resources – living in high risk areas. Those populations alter the local landscape as well, which exacerbates the effects of the disaster itself. Cutting down mangrove forests along coasts, for example, has reduced natural capacities of an area to mitigate storm effects for the land adjacent. Land changes along the Mississippi and in New Orleans also exacerbated the effects of Katrina. What used to be a small disaster becomes a big one, leading to additional count on the disaster roster.

The World Bank reports that 160 countries have more than a quarter of their population living in high risk areas. Between 2001 and 2010, more than $1.2 trillion was lost to the increased rates of natural disasters. This was a dramatic rise, which between 1981 and 1990 had been roughly $528 billion.[1]  So not only are more people at risk, but the economic effects are devastating at both local and global scales.

[1] Garrett, Samaria. 14 Jun. 2015. Are Natural Disasters Increasing? The Borgen Project. http://borgenproject.org/natural-disasters-increasing/.