This year has been unprecedented in many ways. The world has grappled with the pandemic, and in response, the Caterpillar Foundation committed $10 million to support global COVID-19 response activities and help organizations that have been impacted. In addition, we’ve experienced a historic year for natural disasters. So far in 2020, the Caterpillar Foundation’s disaster partner, the American Red Cross, has responded to 233 large-scale disasters in the United States. And around the world, the organization, together with its global Red Cross partners, has helped people affected by 17 major crises.
As part of its focus on building resilient communities, for the last several years, the Caterpillar Foundation has invested $2 million annually in the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). This program provides a funding base that allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disasters. This model has proven to be efficient and effective in immediately meeting disaster relief needs, ensuring the Red Cross has the funds to prepare for disasters before they occur.
Separate from the Foundation’s support, the global Caterpillar team – including our Cat® dealers – are there to help in the aftermath of disasters. From providing emergency backup power and equipment for rescue and recovery efforts to helping communities rebuild once danger has passed, our team is there.
Over the decades, Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation have been there to help those most in need around the world when disasters strike. We are committed to helping build stronger communities, and ultimately, a better world.
Here's a look back at some of this year’s major natural disasters Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation have supported.
Some of the images used in this communication were taken prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic.