Two years ago, Hurricane Maria became the third major hurricane to strike the U.S. in less than a month. This powerful storm brought further destruction to the U.S. Virgin Islands before making a crushing impact on Puerto Rico. Survivors saw homes, businesses and crops wiped out, and many were left without power or access to vital services—including safe drinking water.
In response, the Red Cross worked around the clock to support survivors and help them cope with the unique complications left behind by Maria. Aided by our donor-supported technology, disaster workers fanned out across Puerto Rico for months to provide urgently needed support and relief supplies, navigating difficult conditions to reach the most remote areas of the island’s interior.