Over the span of weeks, U.S. coastal communities and neighboring island territories experienced back-to-back hurricanes of unprecedented strength. Starting in late August, Hurricane Harvey left large parts of Texas under water and thousands of residents without power. Weeks later, Hurricane Irma decimated multiple Caribbean territories and forced 6.3 million Florida residents to evacuate their homes. Most recently, Hurricane Maria wiped out electricity in Puerto Rico, which may take up to six months to restore.
Beyond the severe damage to residences, the storms also impacted commercial buildings, including research facilities and labs. Recognizing the need among those in the scientific community, two FASEB member societies launched initiatives to benefit hurricane victims.
The American Physiological Society (APS) dedicated $100,000 to aid member scientists and their colleagues affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Graduate students and post-docs affiliated with APS can receive up to $2,000 each through the “APS Hurricane Relief Fund” to replace lost belongings, cover relocations costs, or address other related needs.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is also offering financial assistance of up to $2,000 per person to benefit hurricane victims within the scientific community. ASBMB will provide funds to members and unaffiliated scientists for professional and personal use.