With the devastation occurring in New Orleans, Texas, and throughout the Gulf Coast, the question of how USITT and its members can help has been vitally important. As President John Uthoff said in a message posted on the web site, donations to any general relief organization will help the immediate need.
Going forward, we also encourage members to consider the efforts being coordinated by SETC at www.setc.org/resources/katrina.asp. SETC also lists additional efforts on their main webpage, www.setc.org.
One uniquely theatrical way to collect funds is suggested by Mike Murphy of Marshall Univerersity. "We (Marshall) have a box of rigging sandbags that we’ll probably never use in our theatre. I took some to the SETC board meeting and gave them away to theatres which can use them when collecting donations for Katrina relief. It’s a gimmick that links theatre sandbags with levee sandbags. Many theatres have them lying about with no real purpose anymore. Until now.
"If a theatre wants a sandbag and doesn’t have one, I may be able to help out," he concluded. Mr. Murphy can be reached at email@example.com.
And for those with equipment, Bruce Cooper of LED Worklight Systems is collecting information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who wish to become part of the National Emergency Resource Registry can visit http://swern.gov.