September 1, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Headed to Southeastern United States: ALPA Resources Available
As Hurricane Dorian, presently a Category 5 hurricane wreaking havoc on the Bahamas, slowly moves toward the southeastern United States, ALPA would like to remind members of several Association resources available to you: jumpseating, Pilot Peer Support, and Pilots for Pilots.
Jumpseat: Make the Walk
Due to the approaching hurricane, flight schedules are being disrupted and/or cancelled, and pilot members' travel plans are being impacted as a result. ALPA's Aviation Jumpseat Group reminds captains to "make the walk" and ensure that no pilot needing a jumpseat is left behind at the gate.
For additional information about jumpseating, please refer to ALPA’s jumpseat webpage or contact your MEC's jumpseat chairman/coordinator. ALPA's Engineering & Air Safety Department is available as an additional resource at EAS@alpa.org or 800-424-2470.
Pilot Peer Support
Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. ALPA’s Pilot Peer Support (PPS) program is here to take your call. PPS is a support network that connects ALPA members with trained pilot peers to talk about any personal or professional problems you may be experiencing. PPS volunteers listen and offer confidential, nonjudgmental support. Peers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 309-PPS-ALPA (309-777-2572).
If your ALPA group has an independent support line (e.g., Delta PAN, FedEx Express PATH, and United SOAR), those groups will continue to operate and can be reached:
Pilots for Pilots
Pilots for Pilots (P4P), ALPA’s emergency relief fund, stands ready to provide immediate monetary assistance to ALPA members and their dependents in the path of the storm. P4P is a tax-exempt charity created solely for ALPA members and their dependents that covers the immediate, extraordinary expenses that follow widespread, catastrophic events and helps expedite the recovery process, allowing ALPA families to return their lives to some semblance of normalcy.
Additional information about the hurricane will be provided as appropriate.