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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has made a contribution of $50,000 to help replenish the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which was critically low even prior to the organization's emergency response to Hurricane Isabel.
As is often the case, the greatest devastation and disruption occurred well after the storm made landfall. Approximately three million people from the Carolinas to Pennsylvania were affected by power outages as a result of Isabel's fury. Flooding in the Washington and Baltimore areas caused bridge and road closings as well as forcing the closing of dozens of
school districts and the federal government.
More than 6,000 Red Cross workers from 101 chapters were involved in meeting the immediate disaster-caused needs of more than 59,000 people who had fled from their homes to Red Cross shelters. As people began to venture out to clean up their neighborhoods, Red Cross disaster workers were there delivering food and supplies.
"We applaud the Red Cross for its immediate response to Isabel and believe it is important to ensure it has the funds to respond in the same way during future disasters," said Harry McVeigh, manager of ExxonMobil Downstream & Chemical Safety, Health and Environment division, who serves on the board of the National Capital Chapter of the Red Cross. "With more than 3,000 employees at our offices in Northern Virginia and at Exxon stations throughout the affected area, Isabel and her aftermath were extremely personal."
"The Red Cross is able to respond immediately to disaster-caused needs because of the generous support of donors like ExxonMobil," said Skip Seitz, senior vice president, Growth and Integrated Development, American Red Cross. "The corporation has supported our relief efforts in the past, and we are pleased to have their ongoing support for our lifesaving work."