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SHRM’s Puerto Rico Members Help Hurricane Victims

Magazine article HRMagazine

SHRM’s Puerto Rico Members Help Hurricane Victims

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About 450 members of SHRM's Puerto Rico chapter were trained in October to help workers and businesses fill out applications for federal aid following Hurricane Maria. The hurricane caused more than 30 deaths and an estimated $90 billion in damage when it struck the Caribbean island on Sept. 20.

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asked if SHRM members would volunteer to be trained to assist people with their federal paperwork, the chapter staff didn't hesitate.

"Of course we want to help," said Aixa Garcia, member services coordinator. "We are human resources. We are proud that they called us."

Homeowners and business owners in regions that are declared disaster areas may apply for federal assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Maria. But the process can be complicated and frustrating, said Michelle Benitez, SHRM-SCP, managing director, human resources consulting, with HUB International Ltd. …

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