Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Special Message on Katrina Relief Efforts (ACM)

Date: September 6, 2005 6:58:09 PM EDT
Subject: Special Message on Katrina Relief Efforts

Dear ACM Member:
Over the last several days, the destructive effects of Hurricane
Katrina  in the Gulf region of the United States have become distressingly
clear.  We extend our sympathies to the countless people throughout the
area who  are experiencing loss and suffering, and to our ACM members in the
affected  states who have been touched by this tragedy.

The technology community is well-positioned to contribute its
particular expertise  to the devastation resulting from this storm.
If you would like to join in this  critical aid effort, we suggest two
organizations aimed at applying technology  to this urgent situation.

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Organization, known as,  is working with the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) and the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reestablish internal  communications
and provide connectivity to those affected by Katrina.  This  organization
offers opportunities to volunteer equipment, personnel or supplies,  to donate funds,
and to provide shelter relief services:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Emergency
Resource Registry:
provides opportunities for those interested in donating communications-related
expertise or equipment, including laptop or notebook computers and  network
construction and maintenance equipment.

If you know of any other organizations focusing on technology- related relief
efforts that are accepting contributions, please forward this information,
and we will post it on the ACM Home Page.  For those interested in
contributing to those organizations identified by FEMA for support of Katrina
relief efforts,  they are listed online at: .

As we reach out to help our fellow citizens in these trying times, we are
keenly aware of the strength of our community, the resources we possess,
and the salvation that comes from lending support to those in need. 
Your comments and feedback to this effort are welcome.

David Patterson

Grace E. Lee