Hurricane Patricia: How to Help

Although the storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression, citizens remain on high alert.
Evacuees at a shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Photo: Hector Guerroro/Getty Images)
Oct 24, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

The world breathed a sigh of relief as Hurricane Patricia, the largest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere, rapidly began to lose power after making landfall.

The eye of the storm crashed into Cuixmala, Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, on Friday evening around 6 p.m. local time with 165-mile-per-hour winds. Patricia was downgraded first to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression on Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Winds have decreased to 35 miles per hour. No deaths have been reported.

The initial strong winds flattened trees, downed power lines, and lifted roofs off houses. Jalisco governor Aristóteles Sandoval called the damage to infrastructure severe but not irreparable, according to The New York Times.

Although officials are cautiously optimistic, residents are advised to stay on high alert. “We still can’t lower our guard,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Friday evening. Weather experts warn of tidal surges and eight to 10 inches of rain, which could result in life-threatening mudslides. Damages to remote coastal villages are still unknown.

Relief organizations are ready to help families in need, from emergency supplies to long-term assistance.

Direct Relief

A registered nonprofit, Direct Relief helps health care officials assist people with serious illnesses or diseases who are affected by the storm.

Red Cross

The organization pre-positioned 18 emergency response units around Mexico to prepare for the storm. In its aftermath, volunteers will help families assess damage and get the support they need.

Save the Children

The nongovernmental agency focuses on making disasters manageable for some of the most vulnerable victims: children. You can donate $25 by texting HURRICANE to 20222.

World Vision

The organization was prepped and ready to hand out emergency supplies such as bottles of water and blankets to evacuated residents. World Vision will continue to provide care long after the storm has ended, helping citizens restore their homes and livelihoods.