As you can imagine, NRCA has been busy trying to get a handle on
the damage caused by the recent hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast
and Florida. To determine how roof systems performed, NRCA's
Technical Services staff members Jim Kirby and Chuck Scislo
traveled to Mississippi soon after Hurricane Katrina. Their
findings are discussed in "Hurricane Katrina: observations from the
field," page 22. Additional photos from the trip are available as a
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In addition, the National Roofing Foundation's Disaster Relief
Fund to help hurricane victims has reached $300,000. A special task
force was formed to manage the disbursement of funds. During NRCA's
Fall Committee Meetings, the task force agreed to donate $100,000
to Rebuilding Together (the funds only will be used to repair
damaged roof systems); $50,000 to a special project yet to be
identified; and $50,000 to help those in the roofing industry. The
remaining $100,000 will remain untouched until additional needs are
The foundation still is seeking labor, monetary and material
donations for the fund. It also hopes to receive noncash donations,
such as housing and meals for volunteer workers, transportation and
warehouse facilities. All contributions made to the Disaster Relief
Fund are tax-deductible, and donors will receive receipts for their
Related to the Disaster Relief Fund, NRCA is in the process of
creating special packets for contractors in the damaged areas. The
packets, meant to be distributed to homeowners and building owners,
will explain the importance of choosing professional contractors,
answer frequently asked questions and include NRCA's contractor
qualification forms. NRCA hopes the packets will help professional
contractors educate consumers about choosing reliable roofing
services. NRCA members in the affected areas will receive a supply
of packets free of charge...
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