Hurricane Harvey: Message from CIS President
Dear CIS Members,
All of us have been watching and listening to the news these past few days with great consternation and anxiety as Hurricane Harvey rampages through Texas, and now Louisiana. We have been gravely concerned about the well-being of our colleagues and friends, and patients in Texas, particularly in Houston, Galveston, and other parts of the state and country affected by the storm. “When one member of the body suffers, all of the body suffers”. While we are glad to hear that all our colleagues are physically safe (based on information we have at present), we recognize that many have been emergently evacuated, and have lost their homes and possessions. Some hospitals, like Texas Children’s are still functional, as reported by Dr. Orange, but others may be badly affected. The process of reconstruction can only begin after damage assessment, and it is going to be protracted, tedious and expensive.
We want to assure our colleagues in the storm-affected areas of our support, thoughts and prayers at this time of crisis and devastation. We are willing to help as needed, and we request our colleagues who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey to please inform us as to how we (CIS members in unaffected areas) may be of practical assistance at this time, and in the months ahead.
“Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other”. – Albert Pike
Roshini Abraham, PhD