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September 2017: Hurricane Harvey Relief & Support Update

Executive updates from Dr. Byington

Dean, College of Medicine
Senior Vice President, Health Science Center
Vice Chancellor for Health Services

Hurricane Harvey Relief & Support Update

 

HSC colleagues and friends,

Over a week has gone by, and as we continue to deal with the effects of Harvey, it is a great relief to see you all returning to our many campuses. Thank you to the staff who worked on-site and remotely throughout the many campus closures to help with continuity of operations.

So many across our institution have been impacted by Harvey, and as Texas A&M employees, we want to ensure that you are aware of various resources available to you.

Emergency leave, flex schedules and alternate work locations are available on an as needed basis. Please work with your supervisors to make arrangements.

Counseling and assistance referrals are available to help with mental health counseling and to provide assistance with referrals to services to help employees find local resources.

Staff emergency fund provides limited financial assistance (up to $500) to staff members of the university who are experiencing a temporary hardship. 

Benefits assistance is available through System for employees impacted and may be helpful in meeting your health care needs.

As we work together to help our Aggie family, friends and communities in need, there are several ways to support and assist those impacted by Harvey.

The University Staff Council invites those interested in helping staff impacted by this event to make a donation to the staff emergency fund.

The Harvey HELP Fund is a statewide program dedicated to providing emergency financial support to Texas students impacted by Harvey, including those who are enrolled at institutions in the impacted region as well as all students who call Houston and/or the surrounding region home. Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Harvey HELP GoFundMe page

There are many locations throughout the state that will accept your nonperishable and personal care items. In Bryan-College Station, several student groups on campus have joined together to host food and supply drives with drop-off locations across campus. Additional details on how to donate, or volunteer, can be found on their website.

There will be a Harvey relief and supply drive held at the Bryan campus Thursday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. to support the town of Refugio and surrounding small communities just northeast of Rockport. These communities are predicted to receive electricity in approximately 21 days and have limited access to water. For more information on this drive please contact donnell@tamhsc.edu.

In light of everything I am so proud of the work being done by our Health Science Center family, and the ways so many have been able to help their communities and each other. Here are some of the ways that our students, faculty and staff are aiding those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Please continue to share your stories with us as relief and support efforts continue.

University updates and information can be found on the campus emergency page.  You can also receive emergency text alerts on your cellphone by signing up for Code Maroon. We will continue to share updates on our campuses and provide additional recovery and relief details as they arise, in addition to on-going communications regarding resources available.

Best wishes,

Carrie L. Byington, MD