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Hurricane Katrina's Impact on UPA Members

by Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus
UPA Board of Directors

Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus has designed user interfaces for hand-helds, kiosks, production machines, web sites, and IT software, and has conducted evaluations in the lab, on the web, in the field, and in the homes of consumers. He currently leads Compuware's Corporate Usability and Interaction Design Group and Compuware's 508 Compliance Team. He is a UPA Board Member, a frequent presenter on the usability methods and the web user experience, and is a chapter author of, "Design by People for People: Essays in Usability".

Hurricane Katrina illuminated UPA's sense of community this past month when the UPA Board of Directors acted quickly to attempt to contact our members who are/were located in the significantly affected regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

We received responses from several.

One of the people who responded on September 7th indicated that all of her family had evacuated the Greater New Orleans area before the storm hit and they were all okay. They were temporarily relocated to Houston and were successfully working remotely.

Another responding from Montgomery Alabama indicated that the worst of the storm had circled around their area so things were OK for them.

All of our respondents were happy that the UPA had contacted them. The assistance we offered as follow up was to get them in touch with other usability professionals in their area.

This last week of September, the UPA Board is attempting to contact those in the regions affected by Hurricane Rita.

Please consider networking and reaching out to your fellow members using available and inventive methods, even and especially when known events such as this occur anywhere in the world.

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