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Following an explosion or an earthquake, there is a need for immediate, lifesaving surgery. But what happens when hospitals have been heavily damaged or destroyed? What if the sheer number of injured patients overwhelms existing medical facilities?

This year, Doctors Without Borders engineers created a Mobile Unit Surgical Trailer, or MUST, a complete surgical center that can be assembled in less than three hours. The MUST is made up of a series of trailers, including a sterilization room, operating room, recovery and intensive care units, and a pharmacy. The trailers are transported on trucks, allowing them to arrive quickly to areas of need – and be removed if fighting comes too close.

Doctors Without Borders pioneered the MUST near Mosul, Iraq, enabling surgical staff to perform lifesaving operations on patients who had been injured in the conflict there. Staff can operate on as many as 100 patients before the MUST needs to be restocked with additional supplies.

Doctors Without Borders needs your support to continue developing innovative ways to care for people in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Here’s how you can help:

Nov. 2017
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A month after Hurricane Maria devastated their island, most Puerto Ricans still have no reliable source of safe drinking water.

American citizens of Puerto Rico are facing a massive humanitarian crisis. More than a million people still lack running water—they are forced to find water in contaminated streams, collect it from runoff, even drink from toxic Superfund sites. And the danger is not over for those with running water; because water treatment plants are still not operational, tap water may be tainted with raw sewage.

But we—YOU—can help alleviate human suffering. Through The AFT’s Operation Agua, we are bringing water purification systems to Puerto Rican families and communities who are crying out for help.

This effort is powered by community-based infrastructure and volunteers from the Puerto Rican teachers union—the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico—supported by the expertise of partner organizations like Operation Blessing International, AFSCME, and the Hispanic Federation, and made possible by the generosity of donors like you. Together, we will purchase, distribute, provide training for and install purification systems for families in need across every region of Puerto Rico.

One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contribution will be used to fund these filtration and purification systems for Puerto Ricans desperate for safe water—and more than that, to provide hope and solidarity to those in need of help.
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If you're looking for a loved one after Hurricane Maria, you can:
-Visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well website (available in Spanish) to search for loved ones who have registered themselves as safe: -Call 1-800-Red-Cross
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ALL things IRMA RELIEF for Florida below: basic supplies, help for seniors, help for veterans, DIALYSIS, mental health, tax relief, disaster recovery loans, disaster employment assistance, mortgage relief, hurricane response hiring, additional assistance, and, of course, FEMA.

Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay.

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

Message from Bill Nelson, Florida Representative:

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state.

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at:, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below.


Bill Nelson

If you need emergency help call 9-1-1.

If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.

To apply visit: or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit:

Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

To find a dialysis center in your area visit: Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit:, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit:

For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit:


3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers
2000 Main Street
Suite 801
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-7760

1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Suite 2010
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500

2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-536-5999

225 East Robinson Street
Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-7161

111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-942-8415

801 N. Florida Ave.
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040

West Palm Beach
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189
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Here is the 100%-donated gofundme page for Rockport, TX. They have asked for $500,000 for Harvey recovery and so far received $364,832. This is the official city and county repository for relief funds. All financial donations will be distributed based on need in the county with input from the Aransas County Ministerial Association. All funds will remain in Rockport-Fulton and 100 percent will go to local recipients recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

I've talked to a hurricane survivor from Rockport, TX. Here are her comments: There are people that have lost everything and have no insurance. They are basically starting over from scratch. It's so unhealthy. The mold is terrible. Prayers are needed here and in Florida. We need building supplies. Sheetrock is needed, tarps, hand tools, and ladders. Rockport has been blessed with water, clothing and food. It's the rebuilding that needs to be done.
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Here is the website to apply for Harvey FEMA...pass it along to those who might need it.
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To every person, organization, and business that has stepped up during this time of incredible crisis: thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We're still in the thick of things here at Austin Pets Alive!, but lifesaving on this scale truly would not have been possible without each of you. Your dedication, kindness, and generosity have helped us save over 2,000 lives to date - and we're not stopping there.

In the midst of the Hurricane Harvey crisis, we opened two temporary shelters to allow us to save as many lives as possible. Over the course of this past week, staff and volunteers at our temporary Austin location have cared for over 1,000 animals 'round the clock. Meanwhile, moving from the Katy Mills Mall parking lot to an indoor temporary shelter in Houston has granted us the ability to continue taking in animals without having to transport them to Austin. We have volunteers and staff on the ground working tirelessly to continue to rescue the animals that need us the most, and Houston Pets Alive! is also supporting this initiative. Any potentially owned pets - lost or strays - are transported to the Best Friends Animal Society facility for the chance to find their families, while APA! focuses on what we do best: helping the most at-risk, truly homeless animals find loving forever homes.

The Austin community also stepped up in a huge way and allowed us to more than double the number of pets that we normally have in foster! Over 800 dogs and over 600 cats have found a temporary home during this time of great need, and we can't thank everyone enough for opening up their homes – and their hearts.

More updates from the field can be found on our website, so we invite you to take a look. We look forward to staying in touch, as there is still so much work to be done, and to sharing happy tails from #APAHarvey animals.

Thank you,
- The APA! Team
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Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 45 minutes ago

Visit to find shelters, road closures, & evacuation routes.

Helpful Twitter list:
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Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, at
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