All of us have been stunned and saddened by the magnitude of the losses suffered by so many in the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Our hearts go out to our fellow geoscientists, their families, and all others affected. Many of us have taken steps individually to respond, and now our thoughts are turning to how GSA as a Society can help.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted information on the status of 30 colleges and universities in Katrina's path (visit http://chronicle.com/free/v52/i04/04a01601.htm). Six of those institutions are known to have geoscience programs. It seems likely that collections in associated geoscience libraries and departments may have sustained damage either from flooding or mold.
Over the years GSA members have contacted headquarters looking for ways to donate collections. So the Society is now investigating ways to match donations of journals, books, specimens, equipment, etc., directly with institutions in need of them. Please stay tuned to GSA Connection and GSA Today for details as plans evolve. Please do not send donations to GSA headquarters! We are unable to receive, process, or store them.
If you have comments or suggestions, please send an e-mail message to ReliefEffort@geosociety.org.