The deadline to submit applications for grants for damages sustained by Hurricane Florence (September 2018) and Hurricane Michael (October 2018) has been extended to March 31, 2019 due to the lengthy impact of these storms and resulting electrical outages. (The normal Disaster Relief Fund deadline is three months after the initial event.)

Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* may apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide via the association’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is supported by budgetary allocations and donations. During 2017, the fund received nearly $200,000 in donations and through the first few months of 2018, assisted members affected by 2017 hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The AAO is now preparing to receive applications for assistance from members affected by 2018 hurricanes.

Please click here to learn how to apply for assistance or make a contribution to help your colleagues whose offices may have been damaged or destroyed. If you are in touch with a colleague whose office has been impacted, please share this information with him or her.

* Assistance is also available to members impacted by man-made disasters such as fires or civil disorders.