As a Personal Shopper for the Shop Your Way rewards program, I know that many of my clients were impacted by the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida, while others are waiting desperately for word that family members in Puerto Rico are still alive. While it will take months and even years to rebuild, Sears Holdings Corporation put together pages of relief resources for residents in the areas needing help and posted them on ShopYourWay.com. Please share these resources with friends & family. This post may contain affiliate links.

Water Safety after a Disaster

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Water in a disaster effected area may be unsafe, If your water is contaminated, use bottled water if possible. Bottled water will be the safest choice for drinking and all other uses. If you’ve been told or think that your water is not safe, do not use that water for drinking, washing dishes, brushing your teeth, bathing, washing or preparing food, making ice or making baby formula. Check with your local emergency officials to find out the status of your water. Find out if boiling or disinfecting water will make it safe to use. Local officials can also tell you how to boil or disinfect water to make it safe. If water is contaminated with fuel or toxic chemicals, it cannot be made safe by boiling or disinfecting it. Until you know the water is safe, use bottled water or some other safe supply of water. Contaminated water that does not have toxic chemicals in it can usually be made safe by boiling, disinfecting or filtering it. Use bottled water if you have some available. Boiling is the best way to make sure your water is safe from germs in the water.If the water is cloudy, filter it through a clean cloth, paper towel or coffee filter, or allow it to settle before boiling it….”

For additional resources, see the information from the CDC on Hurricane Harvey. Irma & Maria.

To get access to disaster help and resources, see DisasterAssistance.gov.

Texas: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Here is the link for Hurricane Harvey Resources and Information, where you can get the latest information, learn how to help and browse recovery items. The page includes links to information:

  • To apply for Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Aid
  • From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 
  • From Texas Governor Greg Abbot with information on dislocated worker funding for folks who no longer have jobs because of Hurricane Harvey, and other assistance as residents begin digging out.
  • Sears Automotive Centers are offering FREE flat tire repair & performance snapshot for Houston Residents through 12/31/17 to help get their vehicles back on the road

Florida: Hurricane Irma Relief

Hurricane Irma Relief

Here is the link for Hurricane Irma Resources and Information.

Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Relief

Following the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, a number of my clients and friends have asked about the status of Sears and Kmart stores located on the island of Puerto Rico so they can get emergency supplies to family members. There is a critical need for basic supplies like food & water, and much of the power grid is offline and internet is sporadic at best. Friends have reported seeing people lined up by certain streets to get a bit of internet access so they can use the Zello APP to reach family on the mainland. It’s a free push to talk, walkie-talkie APP that works on all cell phones.

Puerto Rico Sears & Kmart Store Re-Openings

I got word from Shop Your Way that as of this morning, September 30, 2017, of the Sears & Kmart locations on the island of Puerto Rico have re-opened. Here is the official message from SYW Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery with the list of Sears & Kmart locations that have re-opened for limited hours:

Sat, 9/30/17: flash flood warnings through Mon 2am could impact store operations. As of today though, the following Puerto Rico stores are open 9am to 3pm: Kmart: Aguadilla, Bayamon, Caguas Las Catalinas Mall, Caguas Rafael Cordero Hwy, Carolina, Cayey, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Hato Rey (Plaza), Juana Diaz, Mayaguez, Ponce, San German, San Juan (San Patricio), Vega Alta, Yauco Sears: Carolina, Fajardo, Guayama, Mayaguez Sears Auto Center: Bayamon, Mayaguez Sears Service Center: Guaynabo Curfew in PR has been changed to 9pm through 5am.

on The Kmart in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico reopened on the morning of September 30, 2017, with no phone and one faltering generator, but their team rallied together to open the store. I received a direct message from the Shop Your Way team, saying that the stores do not have internet yet, so folks can’t place internet orders. They are working to get all stores back online as soon as possible.

If you have family in impacted by the hurricanes that need help, either email me directly or comment below & I will try to assist.

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