Coronavirus Message from President, Geary Schindel

Release Date: March 25, 2020

Message from the President Regarding the Coronavirus

NSS Headquarters, Huntsville, AL — Folks, the Coronavirus is sweeping the country and will put a great strain on our medical resources including many of our members that work in the health care industry. Health care professionals indicate that we must flatten the curve of infections, so we have enough resources for everyone.

We’ve recommended that physical grotto meetings as well as regional events be canceled for the foreseeable future and everyone to practice social distancing. Hosting online grotto meetings is a way to stay connected and to allow us to check up on our members. The Bexar Grotto held an online meeting on Monday (March 23) which went very well. The online option also lends itself to inviting visitors from across the country to participate or even present a program. I would also point folks to our excellent webinar and luminary series presentations on the NSS website. They can be downloaded and viewed by members or as a grotto presentation. If you would like to host a webinar, please send me an email at and we’ll try and set it up.

We are asking folks to make sure they check up on their neighbors and friends and make sure everyone is staying healthy. The NSS is a membership organization but also a family. Please be kind and helpful during these trying times.

The Executive Committee is following the outbreak closely and we will make a recommendation to the board of governors soon regarding whether the NSS Convention in July will need to be cancelled or postponed.

Regarding caving during the pandemic. Please exercise caution related to social distancing and also special care related to taking risk. Remember, that cave lead will still be there in a few months. A cave accident may be difficult to respond to because of limited resources. Be careful out there. Of course, getting outdoors is a great way to help keep fit and get some fresh air.

For more information on the coronavirus, I would recommend the CDC website at There are also a number of other good websites out there related to the virus.

Remember, this too, shall pass.

Geary Schindel, President 
National Speleological Society

Coronavirus Information

No doubt you have been following the news regarding Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19.  I want to assure you that the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the 2020 NSS Convention Staff continue to closely monitor the situation and the potential effects to our members and events.  We are committed to keeping you safe as the health and well-being of all our members are top priorities.  

As of now the 2020 NSS Convention remains as scheduled: July 27–31, 2020.  Based on the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, the NSS Convention Staff has decided to change the Pre-Registration deadline to May 31, 2020.  We hope this doesn’t inconvenience our membership.

One thing we should all do is educate ourselves from a reliable scientific source:

As always, feel free to send any questions or concerns our way.  If scheduling changes need to be made, we will reach out again.  It is in challenging times like these that we see our core values in action.  Thank you for your commitment to each other and the NSS.

Keep Calm & Carry On

Katherine “Kat” Crispin, Ph.D.
NSS Administrative Vice President