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September 02, 2005

Viewpoints: Dr. Jon Ort on Hurricane Katrina assistance

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Extension personnel in several states in the southern region will need support as they help their communities recover. In this Sept. 2 memo to faculty and staff, State Extension Director Dr. Jon F. Ort encouarges Extension faculty and staff to provide some guidance from our own experiences here in North Carolina.

Extension Faculty and Staff:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Extension personnel in several states in the southern region will require considerable support to help them assist their citizens in their recovery. It is my hope that we can provide some guidance from our own experiences here in North Carolina to alleviate some of the stress and discomfort that our Extension colleagues are experiencing at this time.

I urge you to think of ways that you can provide assistance to them as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact directly any of your Extension colleagues in the affected states that you may know personally and/or contact your state Program Leader to discuss any ideas you may have that would help support their recovery efforts during this devastating period of time.

The message from Dr. Ed Jones, State Program Leader for ANR/CRD and chair of EDEN has been sent to all Extension directors and ddministrators across the country on behalf of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors and the Association of Extension Adminstrators to solicit donations to aid in the recovery of our Extension colleagues in these states who personally lost so much so quickly.

The details of where your contributions can be sent will be forthcoming soon.

Again, thank you for your help and support in assuring that our colleagues get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Many of you know too well what these natural disasters can do to individuals and communities both physically and emotionally. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Posted by deeshore at September 2, 2005 11:56 AM

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