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USM Hurricane Preparedness plan

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has been in the path of several storms in the past decade. Their experience and related Hurricane Preparedness Plan provide useful guidance for coastal facilities across the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to Dr. Read Hendon for this resource. 1. Since GCRL initially developed this document, it Read More

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Storm damage assistance grants

Gulf of Mexico states were severely impacted by hurricanes in 2017. The National Academies of Sciences, Gulf Research Program, is offering Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants “to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, and/or other research materials damaged or lost due to the hurricanes and their aftermaths.” There are two funding cycles with Read More

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Hurricane impacts in the US Virgin Islands

GOMURC has been engaged in conversations with colleagues in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to understand the extent of damages due to the 2017 hurricanes (Irma and Maria), and their priority needs. Kristin Wilson Grimes gave a related presentation at the 2017 CERF conference, entitled “Weathering the Storms: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Read More

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Helping our Caribbean neighbors after Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean including billions in property damages and more than 80 lost lives. The past weeks have been about rescues and personal recovery, which will continue for years. We also need to focus on the next level of recovery in rebuilding island economies and infrastructure. Related to GOMURC’s mission, the marine science Read More

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NSF funding opportunities in response to storms

Email from NSF Directorate, September 18, 2017: “Dear Colleagues: With the second major hurricane – Hurricane Irma – to strike the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its staff remain strongly committed to supporting the people and institutions affected by these storms. Now that the consequences of these disasters are upon us, new Read More

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Hurricane help for damaged Gulf state marine labs

Do you need disaster assistance? GOMURC consortia stand ready to assist marine labs hit by the recent hurricanes by connecting with other universities in the region. Consortia contacts are at http://gomurc.fio.usf.edu/index.php/about-us/organization Government assistance: FEMA direct line- https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance USA.gov provides guidance on how to seek federal help- https://www.usa.gov/disaster-financial-help DisasterAssistance.gov provides access to many federal resources- https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ Read More