Mexico City Earthquake – Information & Ways to Help (English)

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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on September 19, 2017, killing over 325 people across Mexico. At least 60 buildings collapsed or were significantly damaged, according to official counts. Many more buildings and homes are in danger of collapse or have sustained major damage. Citizen volunteers joined police and firefighters in searching for survivors in the rubble of flattened homes, offices, apartment buildings and schools.

Eighteen countries, including the United States, have sent rescue teams for assistance. Thousands of people are unable to return to their homes until they are assessed for structural damage. Officials reported that nearly 13,000 people have stayed overnight in shelters since the earthquake occurred. Volunteers have donated blankets, food and water to displaced residents staying in relief shelters and the following resources have been created to assist the victims of the earthquake.

CONTACTING LOVED ONES

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by the earthquake in Mexico. Listed below are resources to connect with in order to make a financial donation, donate blood, or volunteer:

Make a Donation

Important information about charitable giving: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently released tips for avoiding phishing scams from individuals attempting to pose as legitimate charity organizations. Click here for more information. The Better Business Bureau of Central New England offers tips to donors on avoiding scammers and donating money to legitimate disaster relief organizations.  Click here for more information.    

Donate Blood

Volunteer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov

USA.gov: https://www.usa.gov

United States Health and Human Services (U.S. HHS): https://www.hhs.gov/

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH): The Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 provides immediate crisis counseling and help to individuals nationwide who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, or incidents of mass violence. The Helpline is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The Helpline connects callers to professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. Individuals can call or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

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SOURCES: American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USA.gov
PREPARED BY: 211/pt
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September 2017