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How to Help After Hurricanes
COZUMELINSIDER always receives many requests for information about how to help the Cozumel community recover from hurricanes when they happen.

Should a hurricane hit Cozumel in the future, this page will contain updates, notices and details of how our friends all over the world can lend a helping hand toward the recovery.

But it goes without saying that one of the best ways you can support Cozumel after a big storm is to plan to travel to the island as soon as things stabilize in order to get the tourism economy rolling again.

And don't be shy.....encourage your friends to do the same because tourism is the lifeblood of the island. City government, businesses and islanders all pull together after storms and work tirelessly to prepare for the eventual return of tourists. The sooner visitors come back to the island, the quicker the economic impact of any storm will fade. Businesses and local people are eager for tourists to return so they can open stores, return to jobs and stabilize their lives once again. Things may not always be perfect but without question you'll be welcomed with open arms and a big smile!

Although some airlines will always reduce or cancel direct flights to Cozumel until they feel things have stabilized, it is almost always possible to find flights into Cancun. Cozumel is only 2 hours travel from Cancun. This is a great time to experience the true spirit of Cozumel.

Listed here are several ways to support Cozumel’s hurricane recovery process after any storm. These are well established community organizations that benefit the local people or their furry friends. Donations can be made to representatives for each of these efforts or through Cozumel Volunteer Connection which will ensure donations are distributed according to the donor’s desires.

  • Cozumel Cruz Roja (Red Cross) – In addition to disaster relief, the Red Cross provides the only 24-hour ambulance service on the island as well as vital emergency and clinical services to local citizens and tourists. The Wish List of medical supplies is coordinated by Deb Bollag, Cruz Roja’s US Coordinator. She also collects/processes US $ donations (next scheduled for week of 12/5) via PayPal, VISA, Mastercard, EFT/ACH and checks free of charge. Deb’s Email: pcpny@earthlink.net Donors who prefer to wire peso-denominated donations directly to Cruz Roja’s account may request info from Deb or acs@cozumelinsider.com

  • Cuidad de Angeles – Is a Christian children’s home for orphaned, abandoned, abused and needy children from Cozumel and the Yucatan peninsula. They accept monetary donations and have a published Wish List of needs for the children. It is a 501(3c) non-profit organization; donations are tax deductible. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.ciudaddeangeles.org Email: director@ciudaddeangeles.org

  • Humane Society of Cozumel – Is a non-profit animal shelter/clinic. A veterinarian and vet technician provide basic veterinary services at a low cost and spay/neuter surgeries for a donation. The clinic also offers a pet adoption program and humane euthanasia when needed. Financial donations and supplies from their Wish List are appreciated. For more information visit: Humane Society or email: pets@humanecozumel.org PayPal donations: www.humanecozumel.org



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