Virginia Tech community continues to support those affected by recent storms
Update: Sept. 25, 2017
A series of additional storms have continued to affect students, faculty, and staff who have family and friends in the areas of impact. The Virginia Tech community remains committed to supporting those individuals.
"We have hundreds of students hailing from the various storm-impacted areas and, in partnership with the Dean of Students Office, we have, are, and will continue to contact each individual to offer outreach and support as long as needed," said Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs.
The well-being of all members of the Virginia Tech community remains a priority. If help is needed, individuals are encouraged to contact the below resources.
- Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787
- Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557
- Graduate Student Ombudsperson at 540-231-9573
- Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 (students) or 540-231-8878 (employees)
- Employee Assistance Program
- Anthem at 1-855-223-9277
- Aetna at 1-888-238-6232 (company name: Commonwealth of Virginia, username: COVA, password: COVA)
- Kaiser Permanente at 1-866-517-7042
Additionally, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to continue participating in relief efforts.
Update: Sept. 19, 2017
In the wake of the devastating destruction left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Virginia Tech has been contacted with an opportunity to support FEMA and we want to share this information.
The Department of Homeland Security/FEMA need to staff hundreds of emergency positions. These positions will be located in and around Houston TX and FL, working directly with FEMA to help rebuild and recover from these natural disasters.
At this time positions are being employed to provide disaster support under the Stafford Act in support of FEMA for the Hurricane Harvey Disaster.
FEMA is looking for highly qualified and experienced candidates to support the post-disaster recovery effort. The following positions are requested:
- Building and Code Specialists
- Construction Managers (commercial, municipal)
- Cost Estimators
- Engineering Professionals (civil, structural, electrical, multi-disciplined)
- Insurance Adjusters
- Planners (environmental, land, economic, etc.)
The complete job post (and to apply) can be found: https://jobs.realstreet.com/Disaster-Recovery-Support-Jobs-in-Houston-TX/3842751
Update: Sept. 11, 2017
For information on how to volunteer to assist those in Florida recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, visit volunteerflorida.org
Keep watching this page for updates and new opportunities for the Virginia Tech community to help those affected by recent storms in Texas and Florida. If you know of additional relief efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office
To donate to relief efforts
- The most effective way to support communities impacted by the storms is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable non-profit charitable organizations.
- Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations and volunteers can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
- The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.
- Cash donations offer these non-profit agencies flexibility to address urgent needs. These organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location, not only getting needed supplies to those rebuilding after the storm, but also providing economic aid that helps local businesses from which these emergency supplies are purchased to recover faster.
- Do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, household items, medicine, or perishable food. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
To volunteer in the disaster areas
Texas is asking volunteers not to self-deploy. Unexpectedly showing up will create an additional burden for first responders. The National VOAD says the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.
- Potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground. The National and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.
- To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear and valid identification.
- Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery won’t happen overnight. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.