Dear SfG Attendees,  

 The SFG Board of Directors has assessed the situation in Amelia Island and the Omni hotel in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The damage and the effect the hurricane had on the property, infrastructure, transportation, services, and staffing at the hotel, as well as the Jacksonville area as a whole, brought us to the conclusion that holding our Society Meeting at this location at this time is neither safe nor feasible.

With deep regret, the Meeting is unable to go forward at this time. We are considering several possibilities to reschedule the Meeting in the near future, including virtual format options. Information about registration refunds and a potential rescheduling of this meeting will be sent in the next few days.

We sincerely apologize to all attendees for this unforeseen situation. This was a difficult decision. But we consider the safety of our attendees as the highest priority.  We think that this decision will prevent unsafe travel and mitigate the significantly more negative impact that may be incurred if we decided to go forward with the meeting in the current situation.  

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of the Society for Glycobiology 

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If you want to help those affected by Hurricane Ian, here are some resources available:

Florida Disaster Fund: The state's official private relief fund was "established to assist Florida's communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster," according to its website. Donate online, send a check or text "DISASTER" to 20222 to make a $10 donation. 

The Red Cross: Donate online or text "IAN" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The group is also asking for blood donors. The Red Cross says it has helped operate shelters for those evacuating Hurricane Ian.

Volunteer Florida: This state agency has several volunteer positions available to assist with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, such as volunteering with the Red Cross or assisting with mental health services. Apply online.

Convoy of Hope: The nonprofit says it is providing groceries to impacted communities in Florida. You can donate online.