1. if you do not know the organization, do not RT any calls for donations yet
2. PUERTO RICO ISN'T AS SMALL AS MOST THINK we have 87 different municipalities, so be specific about from where you are RT information
3. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW SPANISH, GET A BORICUA TO TRANSLATE there's nuances in our vernacular that might be relevant in an emergency
4. DO NOT USE IMAGES FOR MESSAGES if you know we have no electricity & mobi lines are down, down use data intensive tweets. USE TEXT ONLY
5. ASK FIRST WHAT PRICANS NEED, DO NOT ASSUME DONATIONS what people in Gurabo might need wouldn't be the same as in Yauco or Rincon. ASK!
6. CAREFUL ABOUT USA MEDIA: "mainland" media knows next to nothing about La Isla. best to relie on local media... and yes. it's Spanish-only
7. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: there are other islands that need help too: Dominica, USA Virgin Islands, St. Marteen, Cuba... let's spread the love
9. ALMOST FORGOT @jjbareapr!!! the @dallasmavs star is raising donations for Puerto Rico. he's from my hometown too…
10. USE THIS THREAD TO ASK #PuertoRico QUESTIONS OR TO POST INFO TO SIGNAL BOOST this way we can keep all the info in one convenient place
12. IT's NOT OVER YET the pics of flooding w/o rain are due to the EYE moving (now close #PuntaCana). tail is coming & could last a day or 2
GOOD ? &
all non-profits have to have a page detailing who controls it. please post the link
am not too hot on giving money to global organizations since they have no mandate to distribute it. but...
IF 3 & 4 HAVE SPECIFIC REQUESTS, then meet them. THAT SAID, the Rosellós aren't known for their dislike for corruption. you've been warned
STILL HAVEN'T HEARD FROM MY FAMILIES so while i wait for word, i will start a new thread for getting info & questions for each PR municipio
BTW: JJ Barea of the @dallasmavs has a foundation & is collecting donations. he's from my hometown. y'all know what to do!
#MariaPR #Liza4PR
the problem during disasters: any .ORG can raise money but not SPECIFICALLY give it in PR; but this group has one 1 partner org there
here's what they posted about sending help BUT know our airports are closed for the moment…
13. A WORD ABOUT #JuntosPorPR #UnitedforPR: this is an organization controlled by the PRFAA which is the govt's POLITICAL LOBBYING arm
AM GIVING #JustoPorPR #UnitedForPR THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT they have a solid list of needs on this PDF…
BUT THIS IS WHY CORRUPTION MATTERS: Rosselló & his ilk model themselves after Paul Ryan & the Tea Party & are groomed by Grover Norquist
HOLD OFF ON MONEY FOR NOW BUT GIVE GOODS: there will be USMIL flights into Puerto Rico, so relief of goods will reach them; plus...
ONCE THE HURRICANE PASSES & media spotlight moves with the news cycle, Puerto Rico will desperately need our help... let's pace donations
14. I FOLLOW QUITE A FEW RICANS ON TWITTER but not seeing any of them on my TL & haven't heard from family yet... so am taking deep breaths
have to remind myself just cuz the eye moved doesn't mean the rain is over
AND AS LONG AS THERE IS RAIN & WINDS nothing can be done about power and communications lines. so we are all left to waiting til tomorrow
15. PRFAA PUBLISHED THIS LIST OF EMERGENCY MGMT OFFICES but their main tower was allegedly down yesterday…
HERE'S THE IMAGES OF THAT PDF: these are our FEMA offices (PREMA). we do not want to clog their lines with questions but keep for reference
ROSELYN, por ahora todos los aeropuertos están cerrados para vuelos comerciales; aunque pueda que el LMM abra parcialmente mañana
16. USE THE THREAD BELOW to post about specific towns in the island. metro places like RIO PIEDRAS, SANTURCE, MIRAMAR go under SAN JUAN
17. REMINDER: all of PR National Guard has been activated. if you haven't head from fam/friends who are in the NG, that's probably why
my cousins & my brother are in the NG... so i have to remind myself of this as well... siiiiiiigh
18. FACEBOOK GROUP: Puerto Rico Maria Updates + spreadsheet on communications in the island. via @latinorebels…
19. BTW: I WILL GO TO PUERTO RICO am just taking things one step at a time since am waiting to hear from my family & what people need
TO HELP ME GET TO PUERTO RICO & REPORT FROM THERE please tag donations with #Liza4PR. i'll have more details later
THE COST OF RENTING A CAR COULD BANKRUPT ME so i'll need all the help i can get for going home to report the real Puerto Rico after María
20. BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT GIVING MONEY TO ANY ROSSELLÓ OR FORTUÑO; they are the architects of the island's government bonding & bankruptcy
THE CURRENT PR GOVERNMENT IS BOUGHT & PAID BY WALL STREET be careful about giving them $$$ they'll never make available to people in need
THAT's WHY IS BEST TO WAIT FOR WORD FROM THE TOWNS & hyperlocal organizations. especially in the poorer pueblos outside the metro area
EVERY SINGLE TOWN MY FAMILY LIVES HAS NO COMMUNICATIONS which is why NPICs swoop in like vultures & raise money they don't have to use in PR
IT'S A VULTURE HUSTLE DURING DISASTERS best to wait until we hear from folks in each town ---and there's 77 of them besides San Juan
PUERTO RICO ISN'T SMALL. it is compared to Jamaica, Cuba, Ayiti but not to the rest of the Caribe; hence my request to wait & give locally
21. HAVEN'T GOTTEN THRU TO MY FAMILY & FRIENDS IN: San Germán, Añasco, Hatillo, Arecibo, Hormigueros, Toa Baja, Ponce, Lares *siiiiigh*
LETTING Y'ALL KNOW am in the same exact situation as many of you asking for information. am trying to practice patience & keep myself useful
22. CHICAGO CUBS CATCHER & PUERTO RICAN @ReneRivera13 has a gofundme up. if you're #Cubs fan, please spread the word.
23. THIS EXPLAINS why i can't get thru to my family. article here (in Spanish)…
24. USING @elnuevodia's map, i updated the municipio thread with blackout & communications status
A QUICK OBSERVATION about the distribution of electricity & communications blackouts: doesn't shock me cuz it's what we mostly call LA ISLA
PEEP THE MAP and you'll notice that but for Vieques & Culebra, they're where most of the high-end tourism is located
ITs WHY I KEEP CAUTIONING ABOUT KNEE-JERK DONATIONS most will go to the hands of the already well-off & not the folks in the real La Isla
25. MY DAD HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS ANSWER: as opposed to USA building trends, PR has most of our infrastructure build in CEMENT, so...
COMPARED TO OTHER ISLANDS, PR will be in a bit better shape BUT public infrastructure has been 'sunk in a bathtub' by GOP kleptocrats...
THE PAST 20 YEARS HAVE BEEN OF ENGINEERED NEGLECT of public utilities, schools, hospitals, local roads ESPECIALLY 'monte adentro'...
26. THIS APPLIES TO PUERTO RICO & VIRGIN ISLANDS TOO: if you're sending clothes, wash them, shrink wrap them & write what it is & what size

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