Restoring

Caterpillar’s purpose statement is simple – Our solutions help our customers build a better world. But in some cases, it’s rebuilding a better world.

When disasters strike, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers stand ready with experienced teams who can bring help and hope in the face of devastating damage. From providing emergency backup power and equipment for rescue and recovery efforts to helping communities rebuild once danger has passed, our team is here. Often, Cat® equipment is first on the scene to clear roads, allowing first responders to enter the area.

In addition to providing on-site support, since its inception in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $740 million to make sustainable progress possible in global communities – including supporting disaster-recovery partners like the American Red Cross, frequently by matching employee donations.

Whenever disaster strikes, you’ll no doubt find us there helping with the heavy lifting. Our goal is to assist rescue and recovery efforts, then help restore storm-ravaged homes and communities to places where people can once again live, work and play.

How the Caterpillar Team Mobilizes in an Emergency

At Caterpillar, our strength is our team. That’s especially evident when we pull together to help in an emergency. When disasters strike, Caterpillar employees, dealer and customers are ready to help with equipment and expertise that can make a difference.

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Are you Prepared?

We can't stop a storm. We can't change its path. All we can do is prepare. Check out these 11 ways to prepare for severe weather.

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MISSION CRITICAL: MEETING DEVASTATION HEAD-ON

Three months after the longest blackout in U.S. history, nearly half of the island's residents remained without power from the utility grid. Caterpillar, the Cat dealer network and RIMCO responded in force when Category 5 hurricane Maria caused complete failure of the power grid in Puerto Rico.

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DISASTER RECOVERY: 1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE

The San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time.

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Early image of Holt steam tractor No.37 working laying street car cable before the quake in ca. 1905. Early image of Holt steam tractor No.37 working laying street car cable before the quake in ca. 1905.

A PARTNER FOR THE LONG HAUL

Last year’s historic hurricane season impacting the areas surrounding Houston, the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and many other Caribbean islands was no different. 

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Pictured, left to right are Caterpillar Group President Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Excavation Division Vice President Zach Kauk, United Way Executive Director Dolly Stokes, United Way Board of Directors President David Edwards and Caterpillar Group President Bob De Lange. Pictured, left to right are Caterpillar Group President Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Excavation Division Vice President Zach Kauk, United Way Executive Director Dolly Stokes, United Way Board of Directors President David Edwards and Caterpillar Group President Bob De Lange.

CAT DEALERS AND EMPLOYEES ASSIST IN HURRICANE RELIEF

As the rain continued to fall and catastrophic flooding spread across many areas of Texas, rescue workers continue their work to aid in relief efforts. Right by their side were Cat dealers and Caterpillar employees.

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Caterpillar employees in the Houston area partner with local Cat dealers, Houston Police Department and emergency personnel to aid in rescues. Caterpillar employees in the Houston area partner with local Cat dealers, Houston Police Department and emergency personnel to aid in rescues.