FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA AFTERMATH
University of California President Robert C. Dynes today issued the following statement:
Like all other Americans, I am heartsick at the devastation that has enveloped New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region. Though we are at some distance from the center of the catastrophe, we at the University of California are pursuing every possible option for contributing our assistance to the recovery effort.
Our campuses and medical centers are working right now to identify the personnel, expertise, equipment, medical assets, and other resources that can be made available to support the immediate clinical and public health emergency needs, as well as the long-term health recovery efforts, in the Gulf Coast region. That effort will be a massive, national undertaking, and we believe UC's vast resources and expertise can make an important contribution.
The UC-managed national laboratories are providing expertise and resources to the recovery effort as well.
In addition, all UC campuses are working with students affected by the hurricane who are seeking accommodation at the University this fall. We are making every effort both to address the needs of students who have been displaced by this overwhelming catastrophe and to be supportive of the needs and recovery efforts of the affected institutions of higher education in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. The details of UC campus responses to admission requests from hurricane-affected students vary depending on the capacity of each campus, and each campus can provide more details on its process.
I know many members of the UC family have opened their wallets to make financial contributions to the relief effort, and I encourage everyone who is able at the University to join in this critical piece of the recovery. Campuses also are providing support services to students, staff, and faculty with loved ones in the region. Finally, the chancellors and I will be working personally in the coming days to ensure that the University of California continues to identify every possible means of contributing in a constructive way to the relief effort in the Gulf Coast.
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