Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Create 'Somos Una Voz' To Aid Areas Affected By Recent Natural Disasters

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have teamed up and enlisted the help of their celebrity friends to rally all their followers and raise as much money to help all areas affected by the recent natural disasters. This is how you can help too! VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony  have created “Somos Una Voz,” an alliance of artists working together to rush food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to those in need from the effects of the recent natural disasters. Among the celebrities joining the two Puerto Rican mega stars are Alejandro Fernandez, Alejandro Sanz, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Sensation, Bruno Mars,  Camila, Chayanne, Daddy Yankee, Ed Sheeran, Edward Norton, Enrique Santos and Fat Joe. 

Also joining are Fonseca, Gente De Zona, J Balvin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jessy & Joy, Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo, Juan Luis Guerra, Kany Garcia, Lin Manuel Miranda, Luis Fonsi , Maluma, Magic!, Mario Domm, Motiff, Nacho, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicky Jam, Paul Simon, Pitbull, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos, Vin Diesel and Yandel.

“Together, our alliance members reach more than 1 Billion followers on social media across the planet,” said the description on their GoFundMe page. “Just imagine what we could do with big and small donations from the people that we reach, our corporate friends and ourselves. That’s it. That’s the big idea. Together, we can become one powerful voice that brings hope and relief to the people that need it most.” 

The world has been impacted with a slew of natural disasters lately. Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane observed in the Atlantic since Wilma in 2005. It was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Hurricane Maria only two weeks later.

Irma hit Antigua and Barbuda , Saint Martin , Saint Barthélemy , Anguilla , Saint Lucia , Barbados , Guadeloupe , Saint Kitts and Nevis , British Virgin Islands , U.S. Virgin Islands , Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands , The Bahamas , Cuba and Florida.

The storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands as a Category 5 hurricane. As of September 27, the hurricane has caused at least 124 deaths, including 44 in the Caribbean and 80 in the United States.

Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane, Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, and is currently threatening North Carolina and parts of the Mid-Atlantic. Maria caused catastrophic damage during its journey across the Northeastern Caribbean.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in the morning of Wednesday, September 20 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Although at 5 p.m. ET, Maria had weakened significantly to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, it left a trail of devastation in the island, ripping roofs off buildings, filling homes with water, and knocking out power to the entire population.

A little over a week after the catastrophic natural disaster, getting relief to the island has been difficult. Supplies can only be transported by air or sea. Puerto Rico mayor Ricardo Rosello said to CNBC that despite all that, deliveries are getting better. He also added that the island’s power grid is destroyed, leaving the entire island in the dark, and diesel fuel is scarce. According to San Juan mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, two people died in the hospital because they had no diesel for their life support system. The fuel is desperately needed to run generators for emergency services.

The communications infrastructure has also been decimated and there’s no landline or cell phone service. Rossello said he has deployed "runners" to report back on the needs of the various towns and cities. He said he's also "personally deploying" satellite phones to local mayors. He added that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been responsive to the plight of Puerto Rico with federal and local first-responders working as "one team."

Also suffering from Hurricane Maria’s devastation are Dominica, Guadeloupe, U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

To make matters worse, on September 19, 2017 a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico. It was epicentered approximately 34 mi south of the city of Puebla. The earthquake caused damage in the Mexican states of Puebla, Morelos and the Greater Mexico City area, resulting in the collapse of more than forty buildings. Although Mexico's SASMEX earthquake warning system provided 20 seconds of advance warning in Mexico City, 342 people were reported killed throughout the region (including 203 in Mexico City), and more than 6,000 injured.

This all came after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in August, and also affecting Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Grenada, Suriname, Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.