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September is the most active month of the Atlantic hurricane season in the United States. This means that thousands of ALPA members could potentially be impacted by severe weather or catastrophic flooding. When disaster strikes, ALPA’s Pilots for Pilots (P4P) program stands ready to help fellow pilots with immediate financial assistance to anyone who is affected.

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When Hurricane Hermine landed last year, it pushed four to six inches of salt water throughout the home of Capt. John Valine (Delta). “The damage was devastating,” he said. “Every possession we owned that was within five inches of the floor was now damaged by salt water.”

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Capt. Nick Esposito (United) saw his house directly hit by Hurricane Matthew, with 100-knot-plus winds, inundating rains, and an 8- to 12-foot storm surge. Flooding, significant tree loss, and driving rain significantly damaged his house and disrupted his family’s lives for more than six months.



“Without ALPA and Pilots for Pilots, I wouldn’t have a roof on my house right now.” That simple statement shows again the value that P4P brings to ALPA, its pilots, and their families. F/O Chris Ellsworth (Mesa) only received a glancing blow from a hurricane last year, but it was enough—half his roof was removed and deposited somewhere down the street.



When you donate to the Pilots for Pilots (P4P) Fund, you're helping your fellow ALPA members and their families. As part of this summer’s 717 Club donation campaign, ALPA reached out to seven of the pilots who have received grants from P4P in the recent past to share their stories; below is the first. Click here to donate today and make sure the next pilot who needs help gets it. Remember, we're all just a disaster away from needing P4P.



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