Our Thoughts Are with Oklahoma City
We know that this may be a difficult time for those of you from the Oklahoma City area. The tornado that swept through the region on Monday was a horrific event, and we truly hope that all of your friends and family members are safe and free from harm. The entire SPHTM community extends our support to you and your families.
The Oklahoma City Red Cross is offering assistance and shelter to those directly affected by the tornado, as well as coordinating volunteers and donations. You can find out more about their efforts here: http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city.
We have already heard from people within the SPHTM community who want to use their disaster assistance and management experience to help the individuals, public health, and medical agencies in the OK City area. I am currently in contact with the dean of the Oklahoma College of Public Health to learn how to best coordinate volunteer efforts from SPHTM. We will communicate updates and outreach efforts as soon as possible.
Should you need any assistance over the coming days, please do not hesitate to reach out. Tulane has counseling services available to our students to help in a crisis such as this. Please feel free to contact anyone in my office to coordinate services or you may contact counseling services directly at 504-314-2277.
These are trying times. You are part of our academic family here at Tulane SPHTM and your well-being is of prime importance to us. Please let us know how we can help.
Dean Pierre Buekens
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
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