Earthquake relief efforts
in Puerto Rico

Light up Puerto Rico

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake, followed by numerous powerful aftershocks, hit Puerto Rico on January 7, 2020. This has been the strongest earthquake to hit the island in 102 years, and has caused further damage to areas still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  With thousands of people still displaced from their homes, we are still working with NGOs and nonprofits to deploy our solar lights to those affected by this disaster.

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Saturday, 8 February, 2020

• Americares Update

"We are still very active at the moment because of the continual aftershocks and the fact that many people are still living outside of their damaged homes".

Americares has delivered over 200 lights to communities affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and we can't thank you enough!

Friday, 7 February, 2020

• Jamie Harper Returns for More Lights

After almost a month in Puerto Rico delivering lights and other supplies, Jamie heads back to NY to pick up more supplies! Be safe, and thanks for your continued work in PR.

Thursday, 4 February, 2020

• Earthquakes Continue to Hit the Region

A magnitude 5 earthquake struck Puerto Rico on Tuesday, where people are still dealing with last month's 6.4 earthquake. According to the US Geological Survey, it was the 11th earthquake of at least that size in the past 30 days.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2020

• Salvador Gómez-Colón Joins Other Young Activists on TIME Panel in Switzerland

Salvador Gómez-Colón, one of our partners who brought Luci lights to the earthquake victims participated on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Salvador was among a group of young activists discussing climate change issues which included Greta Thunberg. 

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For the full TIME article click here.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

• B&R Emergency Training and Response Corp Deliver Luci EMRG

B&R Emergency Training and Response Corp have distributed over 800 Luci EMRG lights throughout Puerto Rico!

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

• Direct Relief in PR

Since the earthquake struck, Direct Relief has sent 38 shipments of specifically requested medicine and medical supplies to 6 different recipients on the island. Direct Relief’s Puerto Rico staff has been visiting the community health centers and shelters with teams of doctors and psychologists, assessing needs and helping to provide the supplies and infrastructure for people to get the medical care they need right now. Additionally, Direct Relief have been distributing Luci lights to the local residents.

Monday, 13 January, 2020

• Americares and Amazon Disaster Relief Update

Hundreds of lights are on their way to Puerto Rico today, thanks to our partnership with Americares and Amazon Disaster Relief!

Sunday, 12 January, 2020

• Gratitude in PR

"This was the sweetest man! I asked him if he needed anything and he said tranquillity and peace. He was positive in the mist of chaos. So many earthquakes today. This neighborhood got affected!"

- Harper 4 Humanity

Saturday, 11 January, 2020

• Crazy Legs & Jamie start distributing lights.

Our amazing partners on the ground start distributing light to those who need it. Stay safe guys.

Saturday, 11 January, 2020

• 5.9-magnitude earthquake hits

Around 9 a.m. local time, another earthquake has caused further damage, mainly in areas around the southern coast.

Thursday, 9 January, 2020

• Americares and Amazon Disaster Relief join us in providing relief

According to Americares, as of January 9th, 20 shelters were open in PR with 1,792 total occupants.  Damages were reported at two major power generation plants, one of which is expected to be down for an extended period of time.  Communications are anticipated to degrade over the next few days as back-up power generators run out of fuel. FEMA reported that out of the 48 health care facilities that are open, 25 are running on generator power.

We are working with Americares and Amazon Disaster Relief to provide lights and mobile chargers to those affected.

Thursday, 9 January, 2020

• Salvadore Gomez Colon collecting lights for distribution

Inspirational teenager, Salvadore Gomez Colon, who turned his "fear into hope" and was featured on CNN for his efforts during Hurricane Maria, is supporting the relief efforts again. MPOWERD has donated ~200 lights for Salvadore and his mother to distribute on their upcoming relief trip.

Thursday, 9 January, 2020

• Crazy Legs shows support, once again

In 2018, hip hop pioneer ‘Crazy Legs’ of the Rock Steady Crew, traveled to Puerto Rico to aid the island with our lights after Hurricane Maria. MPOWERD is fortunate to have such a connected individual as ‘Legs’ back at it again as a true first responder, deploying clean emergency Luci lights and mobile chargers to those impacted. Thanks Legs!

Also, special thanks to Jamie Harper for personally collecting and delivering the lights to Crazy Legs!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

• Harper 4 Humanity partnership to bring Luci solar lights to earthquake victims

Harper 4 Humanity is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides disaster response and critical aid to those impacted by disasters. We first started working with the organization during Hurricane Maria and are thankful to be partnering again!

Jamie Harper, the organization's founder, visited our office in Brooklyn to collect over 200 lights to be personally distributed to those affected in Puerto Rico. The entire office was mobilized to help pack the lights, including our CEO Seungah Jeong and our founder John Salzinger. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

• On-the-ground help in PR

300+ lights distributed via our on-the-ground partner Alejandro Marin and Direct Relief. We first met Alejandro during our Hurricane Maria relief efforts, and are so fortunate to be working with him again!

"Unfortunately Puerto Rico cannot catch a break from natural disasters.  I keep getting reports from my family members there about the persistent seismic activity on the island.  They use this app called Quakefeed for updates and as of 9:30pm last night they had relayed to me reports of some minor quakes which had reached 4.3 magnitude.

Direct Relief is currently conducting missions in the southern part of Puerto Rico where communities were affected the most.  They are distributing the LUCIs we donated as we speak!"

- Alejandro Marin

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

• MPOWERD team prepares lights for distribution

Our Founder John Salzinger mobilized the team to start powering up our lights ready for pick up from some of our local partners!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

• Earthquake hits Puerto Rico

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake, followed by numerous powerful aftershocks, has hit Puerto Rico. This is the strongest earthquake to hit the island in 102 years. We are working with organizations and individuals to provide light and energy resources to the region. Stay tuned for updates.

How you can help

There are many ways to help out, from donating to your nonprofit of choice, to volunteering on the ground or purchasing a Give Luci for just $10. Because they’re waterproof, solar, durable and float, Luci lights fulfill a specific need for those affected by natural disasters.