By Jennifer Weston-Murphy, Associate Manager, Corporate Leadership, CECP
In what has been an unforgettable year of natural disasters, companies have demonstrated that they intend to do their part to help devastated communities rebuild. The private sector has committed more than $300 million to date to relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and millions more in the aftermath of Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century and the wildfires ravaging northern California.
After a previous $200,000 donation, Wells Fargo is donating an additional $250,000 to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Ellen DeGeneres announced on the Sept. 29 episode of her television show that Wells Fargo will donate $250,000 to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The funding will help immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20. Habitat for Humanity® of Puerto Rico is the primary beneficiary of the funding.
SAINT CROIX, Virgin Islands, September 18, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Captain Morgan parent company Diageo has pledged $1,000,000 to support relief and recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands as they face an unprecedented storm season. The funds announced are in addition to the $250,000 Diageo and its brands have committed to hurricane relief support over the past month.
September 13, 2017 /3BL Media/ - As the devastating climate change-fueled impacts of Hurricane Irma continue to unfold, and the financial costs of Hurricane Harvey continue to escalate, a network of businesses is calling on the Trump administration to reinstate the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, known as FFRMS.
The standard requires federal agencies to take into account current and future flood risks in investment decisions related to federally-funded buildings and infrastructure, ensuring they are built to withstand growing flooding threats.
MIAMI, September 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) announced today it is donating a total of $1.1 million to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida and the Caribbean. The company’s donation includes $500,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, $500,000 to local nonprofits focused on relief efforts in the immediate future, and $100,000 to International Medical Corps as that organization engages in relief efforts in the Caribbean.
Chase McKinney, a Wells Fargo team member and boat owner, joined other civilian rescuers in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
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With barely a puddle in his own driveway and the human toll from Hurricane Harvey growing by the minute, Chase McKinney heeded the call from Houston police and Harris County and became a citizen rescuer. (YouTube: 1:48 minutes)
Support for rescue and recovery efforts in communities hit by recent hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean
AT&T* is donating another $1.4 million to hurricane relief, which includes a $1 million matching donation to Team Rubicon, $150,000 to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, a group that is working to reestablish connectivity for emergency responders and communities in the Caribbean, and $250,000 to local charities in states impacted by Irma. We will work with state officials to direct the $250,000 donations where they can be most beneficial.
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has led to extreme flooding in Texas over the past few days and damaged homes and businesses, displaced families and individuals, and left at least eight fatalities in the region. In the wake of disasters such as these, a multi-sector response effort is critical.
Fox 21 Television Studios and the production crew on the horror thriller series Salem recently donated more than $200,000 worth of set materials to the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, where the series has filmed each of its three seasons. The donation will go toward the city’s efforts to repurpose an abandoned community center into an environmentally sustainable aquarium.
Partnerships Key to Providing Access to Safe Water
KOHLER, Wis., March 22, 2017 /3BL Media/-Since its first shipment of KOHLER Clarity water filters on World Water Day 2016, Kohler Co. has distributed over 15,000 filters to residents in 11 countries around the world. Each filter can provide up to 40 liters of safe water each day – enough for a small family. A global leader in the plumbing industry, Kohler developed the ceramic filtration system to provide an in-home solution for the 1.8 billion people who lack access to safe drinking water.