Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, AAPA established a Port Employees Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance to port authority staff and their families severely impacted by that storm, as well as future hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.
Since 2005, through contributions by ports, port and AAPA staff, and others, the fund has been able to provide immediate help to many port employees throughout the hemisphere following natural disasters. These disasters have included multiple hurricanes, major storms, floods, earthquakes, and wild fires.
The assistance to port authority employees is a cash grant, up to $1,000 depending on need, and is often that much needed first-dollar help while he/she is scrambling to provide for his/her family in terms of food, clothing, shelter, etc., prior to receiving other aid, insurance adjustments, etc.
Remarking on the benefits AAPA’s relief fund following the devastation at his port 12 years ago, now-retired Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange said, “The benefit of AAPA’s relief fund was immeasurable. It helped many at a time when there was no relief fund in place and bridged the gap for employees until help could arrive.”
He added, “I urge all AAPA-member ports to contribute and to remember their colleagues in Texas during this difficult time. Our thoughts are certainly with the people of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, and we pray for their safety and eventual recovery.”
Donations by check should be made out to AAPA’s “Foundation for Seaports of the Americas” and sent to AAPA at 1010 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please contact AAPA if you’d prefer to wire a contribution and we will provide wiring instructions. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization, therefore, donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions. 100% of your donations will go to assist port authority employees.
Update August 29, 2017:
With the major impacts currently being felt in the Gulf region by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, we have been in contact with port directors in the impacted areas, and have offered to help facilitate any assistance their port may need, as well as help for their employees that have suffered catastrophic losses. We anticipate the number of port employees severely affected will be significant.