A Message from AIHA's President Regarding Disaster Relief Efforts

Posted October 3, 2017

​On Tuesday, Oct. 3, AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, sent a letter to the membership regarding disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Mexico and the recent devastating hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The full letter appears below.

Dear AIHA Member,

In the wake of the natural disasters in both the United States and abroad, we can easily find ourselves feeling helpless. After all, what difference can one person make in the face of overwhelming destruction? Our individual contributions may be small, but together, we can make a difference. We can join together as world citizens to help people rebuild their lives, feed their families, get the medicine they need, and get their hospitals up and running again. Our combined contributions of time, money, even blood donations, can make a difference.

AIHA is proud to have donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross in support of hurricane and earthquake assistance and we encourage all of our members to do what they can to help those in need as well. Whatever you are able to do can help make a difference. No matter the amount of money or time, it all adds up. So please join us in this effort.

Additionally, AIHA has issued letters to the governors of Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands directing them to helpful online resources such as the AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group web page, AIHA's Health and Safety Issues in Natural Disasters (PDF), and the Mold Resource Center.

If you are involved in the recovery efforts or have been affected by the earthquake in Mexico or the recent devastating hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Feel free to email Sue Marchese.


Deborah Imel Nelson
AIHA President (2017–2018) ​