IIUG Special Issue
September 14, 2001
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- Message from the IIUG President
- Emergency IBM Assistance: New York City and Washington, D.C.
- How to Contribute to the Relief Efforts
MESSAGE FROM THE IIUG PRESIDENT
All of us have been deeply shaken by Tuesday's calamitous events. The
magnitude of the human loss baffles and confuses us, while the surprise
element of the attack and the unclear accountability leave us feeling
stunned and powerless.
This wasn't only an American tragedy. Hundreds if not thousands
of foreign diplomats, international corporate executives and foreign
tourists witnessed the airplane crashes and the resulting explosions,
fire, and eventual collapse of buildings.
In this increasingly diverse and cross-cultural world we are all part
of deeply interwoven communities. Our own IIUG relationships span the
globe, and our spirit of cooperation and selfless contribution is
reflected in the open sharing of knowledge and mutual technical
Therefore, on behalf of the International Informix Users Group and its
Board of Directors, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to
everyone who has been touched by the crisis. We especially extend our
best wishes to our two local user groups in New York City and
Washington D.C., to the 1,200 IBM customers within the World Trade
Center complex and in its vicinity, and to the families and friends
who endured endless hours of emotional despair.
In this special edition of our IIUG Alert, we also provide the means to
offer and request relief, as follows:
EMERGENCY IBM ASSISTANCE
IBM's corporate web site contains the following message:
"The people of IBM extend our sympathies to all those affected by the
tragic events of this week."
"Emergency technical support, equipment and facilities have been
mobilized to assist customers, as well as government and volunteer
relief agencies. Customers who require information or assistance in
this time of crisis can contact a special response team."
This IBM response team can be contacted by visiting the following
web site address:
Alternatively, for US customers requiring disaster-related
assistance, please phone 1-800-IBM-CALL, or e-mail to
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE RELIEF EFFORTS
City of New York
The City of New York is accepting contributions to aid the families of
Police, Fire, EMS and other City employees involved in rescue efforts.
Please make your check or money order payable to:
The City of New York
100 Church Street, 20th Floor
New York, New York 10007
Please include your name and address with your tax-deductible
contribution to NYCPPI (New York City Public/Private Initiatives,
Inc.). NYCPPI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
On The Internet
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The American Red Cross
The New York Firefighter's Memorial Fund
"All proceeds from the NY Firefighter's Memorial Fund will go to the
families of our fallen brothers and sisters."
Amazon's Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
"All of us at Amazon.com are deeply saddened by the recent tragedies in
New York City, Washington, D.C., and southwestern Pennsylvania, and we
extend our sympathies and condolences to those affected. You can
support relief efforts by making a donation to the American Red Cross
Disaster Relief Fund. You can contribute from $1 to $100--any donation
is greatly appreciated. ALL donated money will go to the Red Cross to
help victims of this and other tragedies--Amazon.com is waiving its
MSNBC – How to Help
A WORD IN CLOSING
While we are saddened beyond words by Tuesday's tragedy, we also
resolve not to give in to our fears and to continue to support one
another within the IIUG community. Our next regular edition of the IIUG
Alert will broadcast as scheduled on Friday, September 21st, and we look
forward to spending time with one another at the IBM Informix
Conference in October.
CLOSING and CREDITS
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international
organization designed to enhance communications between Informix and
its worldwide user community. The IIUG now has over 13,000 members and
enjoys major support from IBM Data Management division. We also help
local user groups get started and promoted.
Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editors: Fred Hubbard and Martha Schraer, IIUG Board of Directors
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