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Are you the victim of a natural disaster or other large-scale catastrophe?


The ALPA Emergency Relief Fund (AERF) is a member resource intended to provide for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to these devastating events. AERF is funded from contributions by ALPA members and staff, and is one of the many tangible benefits of belonging to the Association.

More than 100 pilots who fly for Bearskin, Calm Air, and Wasaya live in the Red River region of Manitoba, where recent torrential rains and widespread flooding have devastated the area. Conditions are being compared to the floods of 1997 and 1950, when tens of thousands of citizens were forced to evacuate from their homes.

AERF may assist with expenses arising from a disaster, such as:

Food, shelter, clothing, safety items, and other immediate necessities

Medical expenses not covered by insurance

Temporary housing not covered by insurance

Debris removal from primary residence not covered by insurance

Repairs to primary residence not covered by insurance

Relocation expenses

Transportation or evacuation expenses

Replacement of medical equipment, vehicles, or other personal property not covered by insurance 

Temporary child or elder care

Travel expenses including airfare, meals, and lodging


The Fund’s tax-exempt status is dependent on remaining within the IRS guidelines, which are specific in regards to eligibility. The guidelines limit AERF disbursement of the funds to individuals who suffer from a widespread disaster.

To ensure that you meet AERF criteria, please carefully review the Fund Guidelines, which explain the conditions that constitute an applicable disaster and the Fund’s Internal Revenue Service classification.

To apply for this assistance, please complete an Application and submit it to AERF following the instructions provided at the end of the form, preferably within 30 days of the disaster. ALPA pilots serving with AERF will review your application to determine if it meets the Fund criteria.

Tragedy can strike at a moment’s notice and regular insurance claims require time to process. AERF helps ALPA members and their dependents bridge that gap so that they can accelerate the recovery process and return their lives to some semblance of normalcy (click here to read “AERF Kept Us Afloat” from the September 2008 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine).

(To access the Fund Guidelines or Application, click on the highlighted links.) Click here to make a donation online.

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