Sunday, May 19, 2024

How to help Guerrero in the aftermath of Hurricane Otis

The state of Guerrero has declared a state of emergency, after Category 5 Hurricane Otis wreaked havoc on the port city of Acapulco and nearby municipalities, including Ajuchitlán del Progreso and Coyuca de Benítez.

The military has deployed over 10,000 troops to the area to begin reconstruction and aid efforts, and officials will conduct a survey of the damage this weekend. Over 600 shelters and kitchens have been set up across the state.

The Mexican military flew 4 tons of food, water and supplies to the disaster area on Friday. (SEDENA/Cuartoscuro)

During his Friday morning press conference, President López Obrador assured citizens that the federal government “will not stop” and that “everyone will be working to rehabilitate and reconstruct Acapulco… [and provide] aid to the people.” 

Approximately 1 million people in Acapulco have been adversely affected by Hurricane Otis, newspaper Reforma reported on Wednesday, with an additional 400,000 people impacted or displaced in other municipalities of Guerrero.

Institutions including the Mexican Red Cross, churches, universities and community groups are organizing donation drives for items including food, clothing and tools. 

Here are the ways you can help Guerrero.

The donation drive at Mexico City’s UNAM campus is located under the flags at the entrance of the university’s Olympic Stadium. (UNAM/Cuartoscuro)

What items to donate

Most collection centers are currently receiving donations of:

  • Bottled water
  • Personal and feminine hygiene products 
  • Diapers 
  • Baby formula
  • Non-perishable and canned food
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Cleaning cloths and towels (like jergas)
  • First aid kits
  • Powdered detergent
  • Latex gloves
  • Household cleaning products, toilet paper 
  • Pet food, brooms, rakes and mops

Check your collection center for specific details on the donations that they need.

Guerrero Governor Evelyn Salgado Pineda and Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval announced on Thursday that the military would activate the Plan DN-III, Mexico’s civil relief and aid plan for disasters. (@EvelynSalgadoP/X)

Where to donate in Mexico City

Central

  • Cruz Roja: Juan Luis Vives 200, Colonia Los Morales, Polanco
  • Oficinas Sectur: Masaryk 172, Polanco
  • Cancino Cibeles (Festival Trópico): P. Villa de Madrid 17, Roma Norte

South

  • Polígono Naval de Tepetlapa (CENCIS): Calzada de la Virgen 1800, Ex-Ejido de San Pablo Tepetlapa, Coyoacán
  • Centro Médico Naval: Av. Heroica Escuela Naval Militar número 745, Presidentes Ejidales, Coyoacán
  • Puerta 4 de la Secretaría de Marina: Calzada de la Virgen esquina con Avenida Heroica Escuela Naval Militar, Presidentes Ejidales, Coyoacán
  • Centro de Acopio de MORENA: Viaducto Miguel Alemán 806, Nápoles
  • Flagpoles of Estadio Olímpico Universitario (UNAM): Insurgentes Sur S/N, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Universitario, Coyoacán
  • Cancino Pedregal (Festival Trópico): Bulevar de la luz 270, Jardines del Pedregal

East

  • Polígono Naval de la Agrícola Oriental: Canal de San Juan, Ejercito Constitucionalista, Iztapalapa

West

  • Mextenis Arcos Bosques (Festival Trópico): Paseo de los Tamarindos 400, torre A, Bosques de las Lomas
  • Haz el Bien por Acá: Sierra Gorda 495, Lomas de Chapultepec

Where to donate in México state

  • El palacio de gobierno: Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada 300, Toluca
  • All campuses of Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM)

Where to donate in Cuernavaca

  • ​​Oficinas DIF Morelos: Las Quintas 15, Cantarranas, Cuernavaca

Where to donate in Puebla

  • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP): 4 Sur #104, Centro, Puebla
  • Oficinas DIF Puebla: 25 Poniente 2302, Volcanes, Puebla

Where to donate in Oaxaca

  • Oficinas DIF Oaxaca: Vicente Guerrero 114, Miguel Alemán Valdez, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
  • PEMEX Gas Station: At the corner of Héroes de Chapultepec and Benito Juárez, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
  • Several CAIC locations around the state

Where to donate in Querétaro

  • El Centro Gallos de Alto Rendimiento (CEGAR): Av. 10 S/N, Lomas de Casa Blanca, Santiago de Querétaro
  • La Universidad Anáhuac: Calle Circuito Universidades I, Kilómetro 7, Fracción 2, El Marqués, Santiago de Querétaro
  • Oficinas DIF Querétaro: Av. Boulevard Bernardo Quintana No. 10000, Edificio Anexo letra A, Centro Sur, Santiago de Querétaro

Where to donate in Guerrero

  • Tecnológico Nacional de México Campus Chilpancingo: Av. José Francisco Ruiz Massieu No. 5, Fracc. Villa Moderna, Edificio Sala C-Tecuani – Acceso 3, Chilpancingo
At least 27 people are dead and 4 more are missing after Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm, slammed into Guerrero, near the resort of Acapulco on Wednesday. Much of the city remains without power. (Cuartoscuro)

Where to donate money

Cruz Roja

If you would prefer to donate money directly to the Mexican Red Cross, you can send funds to account number 0404040406 (BBVA), or online here.

Banorte

Banorte is collecting funds for hurricane relief efforts at their banks and via a special account number. Details can be found below, and any amount will be matched. 

Banorte is matching donations to their foundation at the account number 000 000 0010. (Banorte/X)

Citibanamex

Citibanamex is matching every peso donated to the following aid account:

  • Account number: 678
  • Branch: 100
  • Account name: Fomento Social Citibanamex, A.C.
  • CLABE: 002 180 010 000 006 789
  • To donate and receive a receipt, call 5522267000

With reports from Expansion, Infobae, Milenio, AM Querétaro and El Financiero

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