ULI Americas Chairman Trish Healy and ULI Americas CEO Ralph Boyd seek your support to aid communities hit by Irma in building for resilience.

Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston and other Texas communities, Hurricane Irma has inflicted significant damage in neighborhoods and communities throughout Florida and the Caribbean. While Texas remains a concern, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this latest storm and to those who have responded with rescue and relief aid.

Even before Irma hit the United States, several of you reached out to see how ULI could help in the aftermath of this tragedy. One of ULI’s great strengths is the long-term focus it brings to urban development, and our organization can best help with rebuilding efforts, which will, of course, require long-term commitments and steadfast support in communities hit hardest by the storm. As was the case in Houston, immediate relief aid should to be directed to your agency of choice. But when the post-Irma focus turns from cleanup and recovery to rebuilding, we will put our collective land use expertise to its highest and best use to help these communities rally and rebuild for the future.

ULI has historically provided this help in the form of Advisory Services panels, providing recommendations on building for resilience to communities hit by natural and manmade disasters. Several of these advisory efforts have been supported by the ULI Foundation, which has funded panels assisting communities following a crisis. With input from our members in Florida and the Caribbean, we will be well positioned to advise communities that would benefit the most from ULI’s unique multidisciplinary approach. Your support for the ULI Foundation would be of great help in this regard. We encourage you to give generously to help ULI assist communities in building for resilience.