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Assistance available to dentists affected by Hurricane Joaquin

October 01, 2015

News reports classify Joaquin as currently a Category 4 hurricane. Weather forecasts indicate the storm could be near the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts by Sunday or Monday. The storm is expected to cause significant flooding in some states.

The Association is closely monitoring Hurricane Joaquin’s path and has already reached out to dental societies in at-risk areas on the East Coast to provide information for members before power systems and communications may be disrupted.

For members, their first calls should be to their state association, and to the ADA Member Service Center if they need to contact the ADA. When planning for, faced with, and/or recovering from a crisis, members are encouraged to contact the Member Service Center at 312.440.2500, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

Preparation and recovery information is available on ADA.org on the dedicated page for disaster preparation and recovery, which includes information on grant programs for individuals and 501(c)(3) organizations. Individuals affected are also encouraged to check with their state dental associations regarding disaster recovery.

The ADA Foundation offers disaster assistance grants. For information on the program including deadlines, visit the ADA Foundation’s Web page about applying for assistance.

The purpose of the Foundation disaster grants is to provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster. Emergency grants are to address the following immediate needs:

  • Food
  • Bottled water
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Medicine and medical supplies
  • Emergency shelter
  • Toiletries

The grant amount for any applicant may be in an amount up to $2,000. The dollar amount and number of grants made will depend on the number of applicants and the amount of funds available at any given time. All requests for grants shall be made within 60 days of the occurrence of the disaster.