Today, we’re not talking about design trends, UX best practices or even how to rank above competitors in Google. Today’s topic? Hurricanes. But more importantly, how we can help people affected by the latest devastation from both Irma and Maria.

The Florida Keys, USVI and other Caribbean islands were hit hard and recovery will take time. Puerto Rico is, of course, a different story though after back-to-back hits from Irma and Maria. Of the more than 1 million Puerto Ricans who had seen their power cut by Hurricane Irma, some 70,000 still hadn’t seen the lights come back on as Maria closed in.

It’s human-nature to watch the news, hear the heartbreaking stories and think “what can I do to help?”


Many of us here at emagine were in the same boat. The beauty of today’s super social, hyper-connected world is that you can help from wherever you are. And, if you’re not in a position to send items needed or donate, spreading the good word to others can get the job done!

Here’s a list of ways to help:

Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund – The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm.

United for Puerto Rico – An initiative created by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló and a private sector group who joined forces to help those who lost their belongings during the Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund – Save the Children is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico responding to the needs of children.

21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund – Retired NBA player, Tim Duncan, was 13 when Hurricane Hugo ripped through his hometown in the Virgin Islands. His fund will aid in the relief efforts for the islanders.

The Miami Foundation’s Hurricane Relief Fund – To support nonprofits addressing food security, vulnerable populations, stable housing and other immediate to long-term needs for residents.

The Miami Foundation’s U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund – To support relief efforts in Caribbean island nations and territories, including Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

The Miami Foundation’s Irma Community Recovery Fund – To support relief efforts for Florida’s marginalized communities, ensuring residents in poverty have access to critical services and resources.

Relief Wish Lists – A compilation of Amazon Wish Lists and reputable charitable organizations.

United Way of Miami-Dade Operation Helping Hands – Resources to volunteer, donate, get/give help.