In recent months, the United States and other islands in the Tropics have been devastated by the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. Photos and video of sobbing families, homes left in pieces and rain and wind pouring down onto already flooded parking lots have left many people feeling helpless and wondering how they can help rebuild these impacted communities. Individuals are being encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, but here are some ways that businesses in tech are working together to help.
Honeywell announced on their website on September 5th that their Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) branch donated over $2 million dollars in personal protective equipment to local first responders, police officers and firefighters. Honeywell’s efforts in aiding the emergency personnel in Texas is the company’s largest equipment donation to date. According to their press release, the supplies donated included safety clothing, protective footwear, rubber boots, safety gloves, disposable masks for respiratory protection, protective eyewear, hard hats and hearing protection.
Before addressing a crowd of employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook reflected on the company’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Apple has donated to date over $10 million dollars in support of the impacted communities. Cook stated in his speech, “Our hearts go out to all of the people whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey,” Cook said. “You’re in our thoughts, we send you our strength, you are in our prayers.”
Google launched a campaign, along with a company donation, where proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross. As a company, Google donated $250,000 and matched employee donations up to $250,000. Their fundraising page, Google Hurricane Harvey Response, matched donations up to 1 million dollars. The fundraiser is still accepting donations and has raised over two million dollars.
In the wake of a tragedy is when humanity shows good and people come together to help one another. The impacts brought on by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been paramount, but it is refreshing to see the various companies within the tech industry joining together to try and bring things back to normal.