Hurricane Patricia and its Effect on Organics Unlimited Produce

Hurricane Patricia Mexico

Hurricane Patricia made her way through Colima and the surrounding area, including many of the Organics Unlimited farms. The strongest storm ever measured, Hurricane Patricia is a category 5 hurricane that had the power to produce 200 mph winds and waves up to 40 feet tall. The 7 million residents of Puerto Vallarta, Colima, Manzanillo and the surrounding areas prepared for the fierce storm.

At Organics Unlimited, we have taken all precautionary measures possible to protect our farms and workers from damage from the storm. Unfortunately, as Colima was in the direct path of Hurricane Patricia, our farms have sustained some damage from winds and rain, but we are still measuring the extent of the storm wreckage. Operations were temporarily closed down to protect the safety of our workers.

To prepare for Hurricane Patricia, we harvested more organic bananas in the past week and shipped them to our distribution facilities in the United States. Organics Unlimited is doing everything possible to ensure our customers have their orders after Hurricane Patricia. While we have not yet determined what damage the farms incurred from the storm, taking care of our customers’ needs is a high priority for our team. If you have further questions regarding orders, please call Organics Unlimited at 619-710-0658.

Thankfully, earlier this year, Organics Unlimited and GROW by Organics Unlimited established a disaster relief sub-fund within the GROW nonprofit program in the event of an unpredictable natural catastrophe. This sub-fund will serve to provide immediate response to the Organics Unlimited farms, its workers and the surrounding communities after a devastating incident. Aid may include emergency food and water, medical treatment, rebuilding homes and schools, farm clean-up or other community assistance. Through the International Community Foundation (ICF), Organics Unlimited will identify reliable third-party agencies that can provide relief efforts very quickly.

If you would like to make a special donation toward the disaster relief sub-fund and help the workers and communities surrounding Organics Unlimited farms, you may do so here. Your assistance in recovering from this unparalleled hurricane is appreciated.

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