Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the University of California’s campuses, medical centers, and national laboratories are working to identify all possible means of assisting victims of the disaster and contributing to the Gulf Coast’s recovery.
So far, UC has been involved in efforts to provide medical relief to hurricane victims, restore the communications grid, disseminate emergency information to Spanish-speaking families in the disaster zone, and encourage private donations for hurricane relief. Every UC campus is welcoming students displaced by the storm who wish to continue their studies at UC until their home institutions reopen. And, over the coming months, UC’s research capacity across many fields will make a long-term contribution to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort and to our understanding of the storm and its aftermath.
“Like all other Americans, I am heartsick at the devastation that has enveloped New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region,” UC President Robert C. Dynes said. “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.”
This web site provides additional information about UC resources and its contributions to hurricane recovery.
Relief news and resources from UC campuses
The Pet Loss Support Line at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, counsels pet owners and puts them in contact with organizations that can help locate their animals.
Lab space - A number of UC San Francisco laboratories have volunteered to house individual graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or investigators. Blocks of computational and laboratory space can also be used temporarily to house laboratories in UCSF's Mission Bay and Parnassus campuses. Inquiries to Dr. Ron Vale.
Housing - UCSF's new Mission Bay apartment complex is able to accommodate up to 100 individuals. Mission Bay housing can be made available beginning in mid-Oct. 2005 until Sept. 2006. Apartment descriptions and rental rates. Displaced students may also be evaluated for federal financial aid to cover costs of living, books, and supplies based on individual circumstances. Financial aid questions
Cal-IT2 is also assisting the National Institute for Environmental Health and Safety in their efforts to deal with the toxicity, health impacts and clean-up of the Gulf Coast region.