Hurricane Maria

Learn more about disaster relief efforts and assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

If you have loved ones who you are not able to contact after a natural disaster, please do not hesitate to contact my Tampa office at 813-871-2817.

U.S. Rep. Castor is proud of Tampa Bay’s immediate response to collect donations and items to send to our neighbors in Puerto Rico, as well as assist families who have relocated to our region. She has started the Puerto Rico Recovery and Assistance Task Force made up of local leaders to maximize collaboration, and will continue to fight for the resources the island needs to rebuild for resiliency, and stronger infrastructure and economy. 

U.S. Rep. Castor worked to help pass a bipartisan emergency appropriations bill in the U.S. House for early disaster response in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other communities affected by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.  U.S. Rep. Castor is Tampa Bay’s strongest advocate in fighting for the needed resources families on the island will need to rebuild. She urged President Trump to immediately waive the Jones Act, like he did for Florida and other states that have experienced severe disruptions of the oil supply system from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  So that Puerto Ricans never again experience 100 percent power loss, as vice ranking member of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, U.S. Rep. Castor has pressed for robust electric generation, grid modernization and resiliency policies.  In addition, U.S. Rep. Castor urged for further mobilization of U.S. Department of Defense to deploy additional assets to support of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as urged expanding Katrina tax law to provide critical tax relief for those hit by recent natural disasters.

Resources for loved ones in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands


Puerto Rico Recovery & Assistance Task Force -- Information Sheets
FEMA - English/Spanish
Housing/Transitional Sheltering - English/Spanish
Job Placement & Referral - English/Spanish
ESOL Classes - English/Spanish
Compiled by the Latino Coalition of Tampa Bay - Resource Guide


01/12/2018 - Rep. Kathy Castor forms task force to help displaced Puerto Rican families

01/25/2018 - U.S. Reps. Castor, Soto join in announcing their special guest to next week's State of the Union Address

01/25/2018 - Congresistas Castor, Soto se unen para anunciar sus invitados especiales para el Discurso del Presidente el próximo martes

01/30/2018 - Florida lawmakers use guests to make a statement during Trump’s first State of the Union

04/18/2018 - Puerto Rico governor agrees to extend housing assistance for Hurricane Maria victims

10/29/2018 - Congresista puertorriqueña de Nueva York, Nydia Velázquez, se reune con Kathy Castor y su Equipo de Trabajo para la Asistencia y Recuperación de Puerto Rico