ATS Office Reopens after Hurricane Sandy
As of Nov. 5, most staff members finally have been able to return to the ATS Office in lower Manhattan, and we are close to having operations back on track. At the moment, we’re working with our vendors to restore phone service, so please bear with us as we get our systems back online. In the meantime, we can be contacted via email. Staff contact information can be found here.
Although we’re safely located on the 18th floor, our building on 25 Broadway is near the southern tip of Manhattan and was not spared the "once-in-a-generation flooding" and power failures caused by Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29 and 30. The Internet and phone servers are housed in the basement of another building even more badly damaged than our own by the storm surge. Our information technology staff spent much of last week rebuilding our network, but we await further repairs.
Because of the disruption caused by the unprecedented weather events in the Northeast, we have extended the deadline for ATS 2013 abstracts only for those affected. Our servers for abstract submissions have not been disturbed by the storm. The general deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) Nov. 7 and the review process will begin Nov. 9, but those who need more time as a result of Hurricane Sandy may submit their abstracts by 5 p.m. (EST) Nov. 12. Submissions will not be accepted after this time so that we may stay on schedule to program another great International Conference. Please see the conference website for more details.
We thank all of you for your patience as we continue to rebuild our communications network and get back to full steam as quickly as possible.
Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and to the thousands in our area who have lost their homes and continue to suffer hardships as a result of the storm and its aftermath. Our staff fared reasonably well, though some continue to face challenges. Please consider contributing to the Red Cross effort to aid all of those in great need.
Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH
American Thoracic Society