On November 26, the Port of Galveston Wharves Board approved a $10,000 contribution to the American Association of Port Authorities Port Employee Relief Fund to assist port authority staffs impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The AAPA Relief fund was created in 2005 by AAPA members wishing to assist their industry colleagues in response to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina on multiple ports and many port staff. The AAPA Port Employee Relief Fund has assisted hundreds of port authority employees whose lives were impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and wild fires. The fund has been able to provide some financial assistance quickly to port employees around the Hemisphere for immediate needs such as food and clothing. With the assistance provided due to several hurricanes, the AAPA recovery fund is in need of replenishment.

“In 2008, the fund provided assistance for several Port of Galveston employees that were severely affected by Hurricane Ike. Having experienced Hurricane Ike and the generosity shown to us by AAPA Members during the aftermath of Ike, the Port is glad to support a fund that can readily provide assistance to port employees in their time of need,” said Mike Mierzwa, Port Director.