Two institutes at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have launched a relief effort to help people and communities in Louisiana and Mississippi who were victims of Hurricane Isaac.
The UTMB National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Core Center in Environmental Toxicology and the UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences are accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, tools and personal hygiene items.
In conjunction with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network the UTMB institutes have already begun to assess disaster response needs and to provide aid to residents in the form of material goods for reentry and cleanup, especially those needed or related to the prevention of injuries or diseases associated with the flooding and extensive damage to homes and community infrastructures. To this end, faculty from both UTMB institutes will be engaged in a series of Community Science Workshops in southeast Louisiana, a mechanism that enables UTMB faculty and staff to interact with and respond quickly to their community partners in the face of emergency situations.
Please contact UTMB for a list of supplies that are needed to help. As relief efforts move into recovery stages, UTMB will also continue to work with its non-profit partners, including LEAN.