The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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New York Stands With Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Following his initial visit to Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies and see firsthand the widespread damage and devastation from Hurricane Maria, Governor Cuomo launched the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The effort brings together a wide range of civic, business and industry partners to provide needed services, goods and funds to help the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover and rebuild, and provides opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute to the relief efforts.

How You Can Help


Learn more about how you can volunteer to aid in the recovery and relief efforts going on in Puerto Rico.

Make a Donation

Every little bit counts. View a list of websites you can safely make a monetary contribution to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

Supply Drop-Off Locations

Cases of water, batteries, portable lanterns and baby items are among much needed supplies. Find a drop-off location near you to donate.

Helpline and Resources

Information and assistance are available to those arriving from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands regarding services offered in New York State.

Water and Utility Relief Initiatives

Increasing Access to Clean Water

New York is pledging $1 million to support the purchase of water filtration systems for households and communities that continue lack access to clean water. 

Restoration of the Power Grid

A 28-member Tactical Power Restoration Team will assist ongoing efforts to address the island's power crisis.

Assessing the Damage

Governor Cuomo was aboard the first flight that touched down in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit, witnessing firsthand the widespread destruction across the island.

"New York has a long and proud history of standing up to help those in need, and with millions of Puerto Ricans suffering, we must do everything we can to help our Puerto Rican neighbors recover."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

On the Ground in Puerto Rico

NY Provides Emergency Goods & Services

Before departing, Governor Cuomo immediately made available more than 34,000 bottles of water, 9,600 ready to eat meals, 3,000 canned goods, and ten 10KW generators.

Photos from the Island

Governor Cuomo Departs from New York to Puerto Rico to Provide Emergency Goods and Services at Official Request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló