ASHA's Response to Hurricane Maria

ASHA continues to monitor the situation in the affected region.

  • FEMA issued an overall Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (DR-4339), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (DR-4340) on September 20, 2017. The federally designated counties for individual assistance are:
    • Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (DR-4339)
      • Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Anasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamon, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, Camuy, Canovanas, Carolina, Catano, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guanica, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Hormigueros, Humacao, Isabela, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Juncos, Lajas, Lares, Las Marias, Las Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Manati, Maricao, Maunabo, Mayaguez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Penuelas, Ponce, Quebradillas, Rincon, Rio Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San German, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastian, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, Yauco  (9/29/2017)
    • Hurricane Maria in U.S. Virgin Islands (DR-4340)
      • Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas (9/29/2017)
  • The ASHA Board of Directors voted and approved hardship waivers of 2018 member dues and certification fees for the ASHA members and affiliates living and/or working in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on 10/23/2017.
  • The ASHA Board of Directors voted and approved hardship waivers of 2018 Continuing Education (CE) Registry fee for the ASHA members, certificate holders, and eligible international affiliates living and/or working in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on 10/23/2017.
  • The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) approved moving individuals from the 2015–2017 certification maintenance interval to the 2016–2018 interval. 
  • ASHA's purpose as codified in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and for which ASHA has been granted 501(c)6 non-profit status does not include philanthropy or disaster relief. As such, the intent of the hardship waiver is not to provide relief, but rather to not jeopardize members' certification status, which may be a requirement for employment.
  • Individuals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not need to take any action. The waiver and maintenance interval adjustment will be automatically applied to their record.
  • A product discount of up to 30% will be available to replace ASHA-produced items from the ASHA store for those in the impacted areas until June 1, 2018.
  • Donations: FEMA has information about how interested parties can donate, and ASHA members who wish to donate are encouraged to visit the list at the link. (ASHA is not set up as a charitable or philanthropic organization and therefore will not create a funding mechanism itself, but rather will direct those interested in contributing to the list above.)

The ASHA Action Center welcomes questions and requests for information from members and non-members. 

Please contact the ASHA Action Center if you have any additional questions or requests for information.

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