Connecticut resources are being rallied in response to Hurricane Fiona.


This hour, we hear about the relief effort being overseen by Stamford-based non-profit Americares, mobilizing a team on the ground in San Juan. Plus, Sammy Vega with the Coalition of Connecticut Puerto Rican Parades & Festivals Relief Committee discusses the fundraising effort they're overseeing.


You can support these relief responses by donating to the Americares Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund, as well as the Coalition's Connecticut Helps Puerto Rico 2022 Fund. Navigate to the latter fund via CThelpsPR.org or CTayudaPR.org.


The Coalition also recommends donating directly to Lions Clubs International FoundationTaller SaludHospital del NiñoPara la Naturaleza and Casa Pueblo Adjuntas Puerto Rico.


Plus, we discuss local lessons learned since the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, when thousands of displaced people from Puerto Rico were welcomed in Connecticut.


CREC's Aura Alvarado and UConn Associate Professor Dr. Charles Venator-Santiago discuss the importance of "one-stop" locations, like the one Alvarado helped get off the ground in Hartford after Hurricane Maria, ultimately welcoming hundreds of displaced families.


Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s Office tells Where We Live the city is ready to partner with community and Hartford groups to help families who may come here and also said “it’s not yet clear that we will see anything like the large-scale relocations that we saw five years ago after Hurricane Maria.”


New Haven Mayor Elicker's Office tells us, "We have had discussions across city departments and with several of our nonprofit and community partners so that we are prepared as a community to support those in need: whether that’s families looking for emergency housing, individuals in need of healthcare, children entering our public schools, and other services and supports.”


The Hartford Hispanic Health Council and Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven also told us they’ve been readying internal relief responses.


Bruni Pizarro, executive director for Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven, recently co-authored a column on how Connecticut resettlement agencies are "underutilized." She wrote that many organizations like Junta "face uncertain and inadequate funding, imperiling their capacity to respond to future climate-related disasters."


 


GUESTS:

Dr. Brenda Rivera-García: Senior Director, Latin America and Caribbean Programs for Americares
Sammy Vega: President, CICD-Puerto Rican Parade in Hartford; Founding Member, Coalition of Connecticut Puerto Rican Parades & Festivals Relief Committee
Aura Alvarado: Director of Communications and Community Relations, CREC Education
Dr. Charles Venator-Santiago: Faculty Director, Puerto Rican Studies Initiative at the University of Connecticut

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