Members and staff of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) continue to be extremely concerned about residents of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and throughout the Caribbean who have been impacted by the series of devastating hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by these incredible storms,” Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of WEF, said. “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 neighbours and recover essential water services in impacted areas.”
The WEF Board has authorised a donation of US$10,000 towards hurricane relief efforts and is encouraging members who wish to support hurricane recovery to consider financial donations. Opportunities to donate to hurricane recovery were also highlighted for attendees of Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, Illinois, United States (U.S.) from September 30th to October 4th.
As the recovery from the hurricanes continues, WEF will monitor impacts on the water sector, assist in any way the organisation is able to, advocate for needed assistance, and provide information to its membership.
To assist members affected by the recent hurricanes and by the earthquake in Mexico, WEF has extended the membership status for members from affected areas through to the end of the year. WEF is also relaxing refund rules for WEFTEC registrants and exhibiting companies who are in the impacted areas.
“This will be a long recovery and rebuilding process,” O’Neill continued. “WEF members have developed expertise in disaster recovery and design of resilient systems as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and other extreme weather events. Moving forward, WEF is committed to sharing this knowledge and experience to assist the affected communities.”