In response to one of the largest national disasters our country has seen in years, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., based in Pullman, WA, has made a $100,000 donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
“After seeing the news and the huge impact caused by Hurricane Sandy, we knew we needed to act quickly,” said SEL Chief Operations and Finance Officer Nancy Hindman.
In addition to its sizable donation to the Red Cross, SEL has reduced prices by 30 percent for its customers affected by Hurricane Sandy and has expedited delivery of all SEL products going to the East Coast. The company is also offering technical support to its customers to speed up power restoration.
SEL has a long history of supporting the American Red Cross. Since 1998, SEL has donated generously to the Red Cross in response to such national and international disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and the Japan Tsunami.
“Schweitzer has always been an incredible supporter of the Red Cross, especially when we are facing monumental disaster responses,” noted Red Cross Regional CEO Terry Pollard. “We are exceedingly grateful for this latest donation which will help us get critical supplies like food and water to the people who need it most right now.”
The American Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization to help people affected by Sandy. The entire fleet of response vehicles is activated and more than 5,400 disaster workers are supporting shelters, providing people with food and water and driving through neighborhoods to hand out food and supplies. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks, provided more than 67,000 overnight stays, and distributed more than 124,500 relief items. The response to Sandy is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.
The public has been generous in supporting Red Cross efforts to help the millions of families affected by Superstorm Sandy. As of 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Red Cross has received nearly $103 million in donations and pledges, and contributions continue to flow in.