Here's How You Can Volunteer As A Trucker In Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico (UPDATED)

Disaster relief efforts are well underway in Puerto Rico, with aid pouring in from the likes of celebrities and automakers alike. Yet, one of the biggest issues the island faces is the shortage of truck drivers to get incoming supplies from the docks and to the people who need them. Update: NVOAD and Puerto Rican organization Casa Puertorriqueña have both provided contact information.

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For those with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and trucking experience and are looking to help out, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a good place to start. They are an association of organizations that help with disaster relief. Their members include Feeding America, Feed the Children, Direct Relief, Convoy of Hope, ICNA Relief and The Salvation Army, along with a number of other local state and territory members (which can be viewed here).

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If you click on these underlined words, you’ll find NVOAD’s Puerto Rico volunteer registration form. There are four steps and you’ll need to fill out your availability, your location and what kind of services you hope to offer.

It looks like this:

Screengrab via NVOAD 
Screengrab via NVOAD 

Once you finish that, NVOAD will pair you with organizations that need you.

You can also reach out to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico. Their phone number is 787-740-3663, but keep in mind that power might still be down and that contacting them through their Facebook page could be easier.

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Update 2:22 p.m.: NVOAD provided me with a number set up by the Puerto Rican government you can text for more information using a mobile phone. Not call. I repeat: to text, not call. Only your texts will go through; if you call, you won’t be able to get anybody.

That number is:

469-401-9603.

Update Oct. 2, 3:16 p.m.: Puerto Rican organization Casa Puertorriqueña can also assist truckers looking to help.

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You can email Elizabeth Medina at laboyliz12@gmail.com or call 312-647-4108.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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Justin Hughes

Just be warned, conditions over there are pretty harsh right now. I volunteered to go over as a ham radio operator to help supplement their failed communication networks, and got a huge list from the Red Cross about the hazards - no power, limited water and food supplies, high heat and humidity without air conditioning, lots of walking due to blocked roads... In the end I didn’t make the cut due to my physical condition. Which is fine - I wouldn’t want to go over to help, then become an additional burden on their already stretched medical resources.

I don’t mean to discourage anyone from volunteering. They need all the help they can get over there right now. Just know what to expect before you go.