Caterpillar teams have been responding to Hurricane Florence. At our locations in the high-risk areas, our emergency response teams are preparing the facilities. Many of the facilities will be closed temporarily to ensure employee safety and to enable employees to prepare their own homes and neighborhoods.
Also, we are in close contact with our local dealers as they work to ensure necessary construction equipment and generators are available for rescue and recovery needs. We’ve been deploying generators of all sizes to the region. More than 30,000 portable generators have been sent to big box stores, regional outlets and Cat dealers in and around the affected areas. For larger power needs, the Cat Rental team has mobilized about 217MW of power to the region along with volunteer experts to help install rental power.
Some of the Cat Dealers are in high-risk areas too, but they are working hard to stay open where possible and to coordinate with other dealers in the region to help get power and equipment where it’s needed. Machine operators from Caterpillar and Cat Dealers are also heading to the area to help because we know that Cat equipment plays a critical role in rescue and clean-up efforts.
Additionally, the Caterpillar Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), which provides a funding base that allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by global disasters like Hurricane Florence.