'Honeywell Donates $2 Million in Personal Protective Equipment to First Responders in Texas After Hurricane Harvey'
September 05, 2017
After Hurricane Harvey barreled through southeastTexas, inundating hundreds of thousands of homes and displacing more than30,000 people, Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) organized the company'slargest equipment donation to help local emergency personnel assist theircommunities with the massive cleanup effort.
Nearly100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth about $2 millionarrived in the Houston area today to support first responders, fire departmentsand emergency personnel in the region. The equipment includes safety clothing,protective footwear, rubber boots, safety gloves, disposable masks forrespiratory protection, protective eyewear, hard hats and hearing protection.Also included are high-visibility T-shirts and coats for safety near roads.
“Thispast week has been an impossibly difficult one for many Texans as HurricaneHarvey caused mass devastation in Texas and along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Ourthoughts are with the many thousands of families whose lives have beendisrupted,” said Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell president and CEO.
Inaddition to supporting first responders, HHS, the company's corporatecitizenship initiative, is providing emergency financial support to employeesas well as items such as masks, boots and goggles through the HoneywellHumanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF).
BrianSanders, Honeywell Process Solutions Project Engineer, Performance MaterialsTechnologies (PMT), who received HHRF emergency financial assistance after his homeflooded, commented, “Honeywell has been with me every step of the way. I cannotthank them enough."
“Underthese extraordinary circumstances, we want to help volunteers, employees andour customers to be as safe as possible,” said John Waldron, president,Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions.
Honeywellhas nearly 1,000 employees across nine sites in the Houston metropolitan area,with another 100 employees in Orange, Texas. The HHRF is supporting Honeywellemployees who have been affected by the flooding, and the company is matchingemployee contributions to the fund dollar for dollar.
Duringthe past decade, Honeywell has donated more than $9.8 million to supportdisaster relief around the world, and more than 1,400 employees have receivedemergency assistance. Through the fund, the company and thousands of Honeywellemployees have made donations to support long-term rebuilding efforts forrecent tragedies such as the Japan tsunami, wildfires in Canada, tornadoes inOklahoma, floods in Louisiana, and Hurricanes Matthew, Sandy, Ike and Katrina.
Delta Industrial Service and Supply, a Honeywell distributor in Texas, has been in contact with many local and regional fire departments about their equipment needs, and will coordinate distribution of the donated gear to fire departments. Fire departments should contact Delta at 1-800-249-5292 for more information.