A Message from AIHA's President Regarding Donations to Puerto Rico

On Thursday, Oct. 5, AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, sent a letter to the membership regarding a request for donations of equipment and supplies to Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes. The full letter appears below.

Dear AIHA Member,

Over the last few weeks I've been keeping you informed about our efforts to help those affected by the recent natural disasters. Today I am calling on you directly to help the people of Puerto Rico, who will be facing infectious diseases and other hazards in the coming months.

I received an email from Professor Sergio Caporali Filho, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, the coordinator of the Industrial Hygiene Program at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health. The full-time faculty and volunteer graduate students from the program want to provide their communities with the knowledge to protect themselves from injury and illness during the recovery process. However, to do so they will need protective gear. So I ask all of you, if you can, to please send one or more of the items listed on our Disaster Response Resource Center.

Each donor will receive acknowledgment of their donation’s arrival, including a general description of contents, within one week.  When donated goods are delivered to communities, donors will be informed of what was donated and to whom. The program is not asking for, nor will it accept, any monetary donations.

The IH community in Puerto Rico is seeking our help, and as I said in my last letter, our individual contributions may be small, but together, we can make a difference. Will you answer the call?

Please feel free to donate directly to support this urgent cause; however, if you have any questions, please email Professor Caporali. Please note, there may be a delay in his response due to the challenges in internet coverage.

Sincerely,

Deborah Imel Nelson
AIHA President (2017-2018)