A Message from AIHA's President Regarding the Earthquake in Mexico

Posted S​eptember 27, 2017

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, sent a letter to the membership outlining AIHA's resources regarding earthquake response and recovery in Mexico. The full letter appears below.

Dear AIHA Member,

As professionals tasked with the responsibility of protecting people from occupational and environmental hazards, we are all rattled by the recent natural disasters that have shocked our nation both here and abroad. The earthquake that took the lives of over 300 innocent people in Mexico and that left so many others with their lives in ruins is a terrible tragedy. I hope our members, colleagues, and friends in those areas know that all of us at AIHA are here to help all of them in any way we can. We are all grieving with you.

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, AIHA reminds its members to refer to our recently published Health and Safety Issues in Natural Disasters (PDF). Last month we linked to the document from our home page (AIHA.org) and we encourage you to continue to share it widely, along with other disaster relief documents available on the AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group web page. The Health and Safety Issues in Natural Disasters document includes sections on flood hazards and specifically on carbon monoxide. Exposure to this potentially fatal gas has occurred during some natural disasters, when generators are in use, or when building or home heating and venting systems have been damaged. If you want to volunteer time and/or donate money to those affected, you can donate to the Mexican Red CrossDirect ReliefGlobalGiving, or Fondo Unido México.

We cannot forget the emergency responders, utility workers, healthcare professionals, construction workers, occupational and environmental safety and health (OEHS) professionals, and others who are involved in recovery and repair. On behalf of all of us, thank you for all that you do.

If you are involved in the recovery or have been affected by the earthquake in Mexico or the recent hurricanes, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. You can email Sue Marchese. Stay safe and stay strong. Nos Paramos con Uds.

Sincerely,

Deborah Imel Nelson
AIHA President (2017–2018)​