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University of Texas Medical Branch
News Release
Friday, September 26, 2008

Free reentry kits at Ball High this weekend

GALVESTON - Free reentry kits and supplies that include N95 disposable face masks to guard against mold allergies, ice chests, buckets and mops will be distributed to Galveston residents Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at Ball High School, 4115 Avenue O.

Also included in the kits are shovels, antibacterial soaps, bleach, plastic bags, Tyvex suits and booties, plastic and work gloves, hand sanitizers, sponges and first aid supplies. The kits are being provided by the Sealy Center in Environmental Health and Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the community outreach programs of the National Institute in Environmental Health and Medicine. Using cell phones and sporadic Internet connections, the NIEHS Center at UTMB organized this effort with the help of its many community partners. The NIEHS at UTMB was the point center for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005.

"Now, the environmental centers and community organizers in Louisiana and Houston are returning to us with help," said says, Pamela Diamond, director of the center's community outreach programs. "We are incredibly grateful for all their work."

Contributors include T.E.J.A.S. (contact, Louisiana Environmental Action Network ( and the NIEHS Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Science Park Research Division in Smithville. In addition to supplies, the community and outreach education program of the NIEHS Center for Research on Environmental Disease at the M.D. Anderson facility in Smithville has sent thousands of reentry flyers for health and safety in both English and Spanish and thousands of dollars in additional supplies, all donations of employees and local vendors. Robin Fuchs-Young directs the center.

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