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FEMA says cash is what is needed to help hurricane victims, and stresses that volunteers should not self-dispatch. For a FEMA list of ways to donate cash, see

Naval Research Laboratory/Stennis Space Center

WHOI is collecting donations for our colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory in Mississippi. Donation boxes have been placed in the Clark, Redfield, and Smith lobbies. See "Overview" page for a list of requested items. Please note: donations in these boxes are also being sent to Otis Air Force Base. If you donate clothing, please put warm weather and cool weather clothing in separate bags/boxes and label them clearly. This will make shipping a lot easier. Thanks!

Letter from DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach

The following letter is from DOE Office of Science Director Ray Orbach

September 8, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

The devastating loss of life and suffering caused by Hurricane
Katrina has shocked and saddened us all. Our thoughts are with
those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihood.

We are writing to you as part of the DOE Office of Science family.
Many have already begun to welcome into their institutions
colleagues in the science community who have been displaced by the
effects of the Hurricane Katrina. The Office of Science would like
to help in the effort to ensure that faculty and students displaced
by the disaster may continue their research and studies at other

The Office of Science has established a temporary program to match
interested displaced students and faculty researchers - who may be
eligible regardless of current DOE funding status - with research
programs that currently receive grants from our office and that wish
to host such displaced individuals. The Office of Science has set
up a clearinghouse through DOE Oak Ridge Institute for Science and
Education (ORISE) to match displaced individuals with host grant
recipients, and will consider on a case-by-case basis modest
supplemental funding to existing programs in order to facilitate
this process.

For grantees wishing to host displaced individuals and grantees
whose work has been affected by issues resulting from this disaster,
the Office of Science will consider special needs requests for
supplements to ongoing grants and field work proposals (FWPs). The
fastest way to obtain information about a specific proposed activity
is to contact the DOE Office of Science Program Manager responsible
for the ongoing grant or FWP. If there is any question about whom
you should contact at DOE Headquarters, feel free to contact Chris
Yetter, who will route your inquiry to the right person. He can be
contacted by emailing or by
calling (301) 903-4353.

Displaced students and faculty researchers from affected
universities will be able to indicate their interest in being hosted
by a current grant recipient and complete request for assistance
forms on-line at the clearinghouse website. Office of Science
supported Principal Investigators and Office of Science Program
Manages will be able to log-in online to support and view the
individual requests for assistance. All contact information for the
students and faculty will be provided on the assistance forms which
will enable timely contact with students and faculty by the
potential host. We encourage interested individuals to visit the
ORISE clearinghouse website at [note to
readers: copy and paste this address]

Our colleagues in science have historically been a close-knit,
generous community. This has been one of the joys of working in
this community for so many years. I know that you will now want to
reach out to those who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina and help
them rebuild their futures.


Dr. Raymond L. Orbach
Director, Office of Science
United States Department of Energy

National Association of Marine Labs

The US National Association of Marine Labs is working to try and create opportunities for displaced students and scientists from Hurricane Katrina. The board promoted the idea of having a coordinated effort, and the Port Aransas lab put up a Web page that lists offers of assistance.

National Sea Grant Law Center & MS-AL Sea Grant Legal Program

*A way to help school children displaced in Katrina's wake

*There is a great need for school supplies in this area. Some students have lost everything and many school districts have taken in hundreds of additional students.

We've thought of something easy and inexpensive that folks could do in the Sea Grant community that will help displaced school children down here.  We know that a lot of people have extra backpacks and message bags from various conferences they've been to, and most of them are probably sitting in your closets.  There may even be boxes of leftover bags, pens, pads, etc. at places where the conferences took place.  We know people are burning to help in some way, and here's an inexpensive but vitally needed way for you to help.
*Ship us your extra book bags, backpacks, message bags, pens, etc.  left from past conferences, and we'll distribute them from here*.  There are displaced children in the schools here in Oxford and in every small town in the state that is above the area of the worst damage, and these small towns are naturally not getting the help and attention that is going to the areas of terrible destruction.  They're falling thru the cracks, trying to help, but running their own resources dry trying to help evacuees.  They  are in desperate need of many things.  Every little bit helps.

We have an empty office that we will be using to collect the supplies. We will load the bags full of supplies and distribute them to displaced students and school districts throughout the state in the coming weeks and months. We are focusing on the messenger bags from conferences, because I think that middle school and high school students will be happier with a more mature bag.

*We are not asking for programs to purchase supplies*. We simply would like to redistribute things that your programs and staff no longer have any use for. If you want to send other supplies, we won't turn anything away.  If you do send supplies, please try to stick to the following items:

    notebooks (spiral bound or three-hole, any size)
    notebook paper (either wide or narrow ruled)
    construction paper
    crayons (any size box)
    tablets (I'm guessing the very wide ruled, 6 or 7 lines per page for first/second graders)
    glue sticks or Elmer's glue
    pencils (#2)
    markers (any size)
    kleenex in small packets

*Shipping address:
*Sea Grant Law Center
University of Mississippi
Kinard Hall, Room 258 E
University, MS 38677

If you have any questions about our relief efforts, please give Stephanie Showalter, Josh Clemons or Waurene Roberson a call at (662) 915-7775, or email,,

The Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant website is back online.  It is hosted at
the University of Southern Mississippi, which is in Hattiesburg, a good distance inland from the coast. ).

Help for Louisiana school children

In Louisiana two leaders in science education—Brenda Nixon from Louisiana State University and Jean May-Brett from the Louisiana State Department of Education—have issued this letter ( in response to the many inquiries they have received on how to help the schools and students affected by this tragedy.


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