Message from Dr. Gaba regarding Puerto Rico and Mexico Natural Disasters

To Our College Community:

Just two weeks ago, I sent an email to the college community regarding the devastation in Texas and Florida because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Recovery is ongoing and many continue to be without electricity and basic needs.
Today, our thoughts and prayers also go out to the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico because of the devastation due to the recent natural disasters.

The New York Times reported that “five days after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, bisecting the entire island, the U.S. territory is in the grips of a serious, life-threatening crisis, with humanitarian aid getting in far more slowly than is needed. The island is running short on food, fuel, and access to clean water and there’s limited communications, which means some communities have received no information about the rescue efforts underway. Among the greatest threats is the continuing lack of power throughout much of the island, after nearly the entire power grid was knocked offline during the storm (about 80 percent of the transmission infrastructure was destroyed)”.

 CNN reported today that there were nearly 4,000 buildings in Mexico City and surrounding areas, damaged by the quake, and residents of high-rises wonder if their buildings may fall before they can make their way downstairs. The search continues to find people trapped under the rubble.

Together we can make a difference. Please take a moment if you would like to consider making a donation to the Red Cross or one of the many other charities offering disaster relief and support for those impacted by these natural disasters.


Dr. Gaba

Dr. Barbara Gaba


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