USAP plans for the upcoming Antarctic research season
As a new research season begins, we want to take this opportunity to update you on actions we are taking to continue to ensure the health and safety of all deployers.
This season will see a much-anticipated return to routine deployment counts after two years of significant reductions. We are planning to host 90 science events and deploy more than 2,500 grantees, support team members, construction workers, and operations staff. To reduce the risk posed by COVID-19, we will continue to require up-to-date vaccinations and will administer Rapid Antigen Tests prior to Southbound travel. We also encourage everyone to protect themselves and the Antarctic community by following CDC guidance on masking and social distancing and alerting medical staff immediately if you do not feel well.
Deployers will also begin seeing changes related to our efforts to build a more robust Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevent and Response (SAHPR) program that emphasizes both prevention and support.
These steps are initial actions towards executing the full Implementation Plan in the recently released USAP SAHPR report. We encourage you to participate with us in building and sustaining a vibrant SAHPR program that serves everyone in our community.
This season will be a busy one, and we ask for your help in also making it a safe one. See you on the ice!