Members and staff of the Water Environment Federation continue to be extremely concerned about residents of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean affected by the series of devastating hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by these incredible storms,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of WEF. “It is during dire circumstances like these that we see the incredibly tight-knit nature of the water community. WEF and its members are expressing concern and offering support for colleagues who are working to assist their neighbors and recover essential water services in impacted areas.”
The WEF Board of Trustees has authorized a donation of $10,000 toward hurricane relief efforts and is encouraging members who wish to support hurricane recovery to consider financial donations. Opportunities to donate to hurricane recovery are were highlighted for attendees of the 2017 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago.
As the response and recovery to these hurricanes continues, WEF will monitor the impacts on the water sector, assist any way our organization is able, and provide information. WEF has extended the membership status of any member located in the impacted areas through the end of the year. WEF has also provided exceptions for WEFTEC attendees and exhibitors who are in the impacted areas.
WEF encourages members who wish to support those impacted by the hurricanes to consider financial donations:
WEF encourages donations to the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT), which is committed to meaningful and tangible support by equipping crews volunteering in the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey. WEAT is accepting donations that go directly to relief effort.
Information about recovery is available from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
WEF encourages donations for the relief effort for Hurricane Irma be made through the American Red Cross. If you are interested in volunteering, you can do so through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Information about recovery is available from the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
WEF encourages donations for the relief effort for Hurricane Maria to be made through the American Red Cross.
Information about recovery is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.