Ingersoll Rand has made contact with 67 percent of our 769 employees and contractors in Puerto Rico – every day we connect with more through text, social media, calls, email and the Ingersoll Rand crisis hotline.
From the minute Hurricane Maria approached the Caribbean, ultimately causing severe destruction in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands, a 20-person crisis response team has met twice a day to confirm the safety of our people and coordinate humanitarian aid. Communication remains challenging. Island-wide power outage, road impasses, sporadic and limited cell phone service, and water and food shortages continue to plague the island.
“A top priority of the crisis response team was to send personnel and satellite phones to support on-the-ground coordination in communicating with our people,” said Ray Pittard, president, Transport North America and EMEA, who leads the crisis response team on behalf of the enterprise.
Frank Kozel, manufacturing strategy and program management leader for Transport North America and EMEA, and Domingo Corvalan, Trane district leader in Latin America, boarded one of the initial Royal Caribbean International relief ships headed for the island. Kozel and Corvalan are assisting our local leaders in the Thermo King manufacturing facility in Arecibo, Trane office in San Juan and Parts store in Ponce. All locations are intact with minimal damage reported.
Seven shipping containers of relief supplies
Our supply chain and logistics team have coordinated 15 shipping containers of relief supplies for our employees, on-island business partners and area residents. Among the materials sent were thousands of gallons of water, non-perishable food and commercial generators, 400 bottles of mosquito repellant, 1,000 batteries, chainsaws and 150 tarps. We included diapers, dog food and heavy duty garbage bags. Additional shipments will flow each week with more water, non-perishable food, ice machines and fuel.
Support for American Red Cross and Feeding America
Since 2013, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation has given more than $1 million to the American Red Cross to support global disaster relief efforts. We are actively engaged with the Red Cross and with Feeding America to support their humanitarian efforts.
In partnership with Feeding America on our newly developed We Move Food program, we are shipping 12 additional truckloads of bottled water and disaster relief boxes filled with non-perishable food to Puerto Rico. We have offered our Trane San Juan and Thermo King Arecibo locations to both the American Red Cross and to Feeding America to serve as distribution and command centers.
Globally our people have given nearly $15,000 in support of relief efforts related to multiple natural disasters in the past two months. And our compassion extends beyond giving: Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have united to host fundraising and volunteer events to support relief efforts during Make a Difference Week, Oct. 9-13. Many facilities have events planned in the coming months.