Disaster Relief Fund
The AASM Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2005 through the generous donations of AASM members, industry and the AASM. These funds aid AASM accredited sleep centers that have lost their ability to operate and provide patient care due to devastating damages to their facilities in the wake of local disasters (e.g., fire, floods, hurricanes, tornados, or other natural or environmental disasters).
This invaluable financial assistance offered to affected sleep centers helps to ensure that medical care remains available to their patients, even in times of crisis. Based on AASM members alerting us about the scope and extent of the needs in their local communities and centers, resources can be directed to these areas to aid in recovery of sleep center operations so that local patient care services can resume as quickly as possible.
This AASM Foundation fund is supported by generous donations from AASM members.
Previous Funding Assistance
Disaster Relief Funds were made available to AASM accredited sleep centers during the aftermath of several natural disasters, including:
- August 2005 – Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast states with devastating force, lashing the coast with 140mph winds and producing overwhelming floods. It was one of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history.
- January 2010 – A catastrophic earthquake devastated much of Haiti impacting nearly one-third of the country’s total population. Over one million were left homeless in the immediate aftermath and urban areas were left devastated by the earthquake and its aftershocks.
- August – October 2017 – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit several Southern states and Puerto Rico causing deadly flooding and displacing thousands of people from their homes and communities.
- April 2020 – Tornadoes in the Southeastern United States reached wind speeds of 190mph, causing widespread and catastrophic damage to homes and businesses across ten states. The intensity of the storms also led to flooding and caused over 4 million people to lose power.