The Business World Pledges Help to Areas Affected by Recent Hurricanes
(3BL Media/Justmeans) This hurricane season has proven to be an extremely active—and destructive—one. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, causing an estimated $180 billion in damages. Then Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, wreaking havoc in those areas. And Hurricane Maria has caused tremendous devastation in Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the entire island.
Communities affected by hurricanes need much help, and many companies have pledged funds to help.
After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, FedEx committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver supplies and medical aid. Following Hurricane Irma, the company committed another $1 million dollars. FedEx also collaborated with the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, Salvation Army, International Medical Corps, Water Mission and Team Rubicon to help respond to the hurricanes as part of its “Delivering for Good” initiative.
Before Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, FedEx sent a chartered flight filled with relief supplies for the Red Cross to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The relief supplies included blankets, clean-up kits and comfort kits. The company also shipped relief supplies, including water, for the Salvation Army, and preparedness kits for Direct Relief.
In the past, FedEx has collaborated with non-profit and government entities to help communities when disasters strike. In 2016, FedEx joined with Direct Relief to fill a charter flight with relief supplies after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. The same year, the company supported the Red Cross in its response to 190 large-scale disasters through financial contributions and shipping relief supplies.
Bacardi has a distillery in Puerto Rico for its namesake rum brand. The company has pledged $2 million to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It has also pledged $1 million to local relief agencies that are helping Florida communities plus other Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricane Irma. After Hurricane Harvey, the company pledged $100,000 to support its business partners and others that were affected.
JPMorgan Chase pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross and other non-profit organizations working to help the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The banking institution also pledged $1 million to help communities affected by Hurricane Irma in the U.S. and the Caribbean. In addition, the company waived fees for consumers and businesses in FEMA-declared areas.
The Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation pledged $3 million to support Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico, and $2 million for rebuilding efforts. It activated its Staff Disaster Relief Fund to help Amgen staff in Puerto Rico through financial assistance for shelter, medical attention, clothing, and other relief. It will match donations made by Amgen staff around the world who contribute to relief efforts for communities affected by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.
FedEx, Bacardi, JPMorgan Chase and the Amgen Foundation show that business can help when natural disasters strike communities.