Donations of funds and supplies are making their way to the hurricane-ravaged Eastern Seaboard thanks to two construction-industry companies. Simpson Strong-Tie and Honeywell both announced their relief efforts on Nov. 6.
Simpson Strong-Tie is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts throughout the East Coast. The contribution was made directly to the organization's Disaster Relief Fund and will help provide food, shelter, support, and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The storm left a trail of damage from the Caribbean through the Mid-Atlantic U.S. and up through the northeastern portion of the country, coming ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 29.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have been impacted by this tragedy," said Simpson Strong-Tie president Terry Kingsfather. "We hope that through the combined national support efforts, the East Coast will be able to recover quickly and rebuild the communities that have been devastated."
Honeywell, makers of Morning Pride turnout gear for first responders announced a $600,000 donation in materials. The company is sending more than 19,000 personal protective products to the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management for distribution. The donation includes footwear, gloves, hoods, and helmets.
"We are deeply committed to worker safety and to helping those on the front lines of rescue and recovery efforts remain safe," says Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. "Honeywell employees work and live in these communities, these are our own hometowns and we feel a sense of responsibility to support the first responders there."
Honeywell also announced the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF) has been deployed to support employees who have been affected by the hurricane. Support will initially include cash assistance for food, clothing, and shelter to displaced employees. Honeywell will match employee contributions to HHRF dollar-for-dollar.
"With a significant presence in the tri-state area, many of our employees have felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy's destruction," Cote added. "The fund will help with longer-term needs once the extent of the damage has been assessed and local efforts turn to rebuilding."
To contribute to hurricane relief efforts through the Red Cross, visit redcross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
—Lauren Hunter, senior editor, REMODELING.