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rence, maintained contact with the presidents of St. Croix Alumnae, St. Thomas Alumnae and Sigma Psi Chapters using GroupMe. In the most recent report, chapter presidents informed national leadership that they were able to reach the majority of their chapter members despite limited cell service due to power outages. Those who are accounted for report that there are no serious injuries to them or their families, although some have varying levels of property damage. Also with the use of GroupMe, Southern Regional Director, Southwest Regional Director Pamela Moore Rogers and sorors of the Southwest Regional Leadership and Delta Emergency Response teams, meet prior to delivering packages to DST members living in Houston and surrounding areas who suffered catastrophic lost during Hurricane Harvey. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BROOKS Sandra Horton, was able to receive updates on the status of members in the areas impacted by Irma (Florida, Bahamas and Georgia). South Florida indicated members experienced limited damages and large areas were without power. Hurricane Irma pummeled and decimated island nations in the Caribbean. Millions of homes in the Caribbean were without power for a significant period of time and there was widespread property damage. “It’s one thing to lose your home or property during these storms, it’s another thing to lose your place of employment, the schools that your children attend, stores where you shop and the church where you worship,” said National President Beverly Smith. “When your whole community infrastructure is torn apart, it can have an overwhelming, life altering effect. I applaud members of our sisterhood, who stepped up to assist our sorors during this trying time.” According to statistics provided by Moody’s Analytics (a subsidiary of the Moody Corporation which provides quantitative analysis of risk management assessment to national media) the combined damage Members of the Houston Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter following a day of preparing care packages to deliver to the George R. Brown Convention Center. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BROOKS s62 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma alone is estimated between 150 to 200 billion dollars. These storms have not only had a devastating personal impact. The economy, especially within the tourism and agriculture industries in Florida and the Caribbean, will feel the effect for decades. It may become the most expensive natural disaster in US history. “We pray that our members living in these areas as well as other residents will be able to have some sense of normalcy soon,” said Soror Andrea Jeffries, chair of Program, Planning and Development Committee which has oversight of our Delta Emergency Response efforts. “We will continue work with our national leadership to monitor the work of our local chapters in recovery efforts as well as continue to make sure that processes are in place to assist members in the future who may be faced with these types of occurrences.” “Now, more than ever, we are in need of your support through DREF’s Delta Relief Fund,” added Soror Smith. “This will position Delta Sigma Theta to continue to assist our membership and the communities we serve that are affected by these natural disasters.” Visit www.deltafoundation.net to make your one-time donation today and/or sign up to pledge your tax deductible recurring gift of $22 per month for the next twelve (12) months. s


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