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HOUSTON and AUSTIN -- In addition to providing fuel to emergency response organizations across the Gulf Coast region, Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC are offering a combined pledge of $4 million to support disaster relief efforts.
"Shell and Motiva are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work, and we understand firsthand the urgent need for assistance in this region," Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Co., said in a released statement.
The donation will be funneled to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Gulf Coast Relief Fund and other community support organizations.
"I am proud of our employees who despite feeling the effects of these storms personally, sprung into action to support the community by staffing public shelters, local food banks and assisting the local emergency management organizations," Odum said in a released statement.
In related news, Dresser Wayne announced it has deployed a special unit of service technicians and truckloads of replacement parts to repair damaged fuel dispensers and retail systems impacted by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
"Left with extensive damage and widespread power outages in the storm’s wake, this highly populated region’s need for fuel is vital," Carlos Martinez, director of field technical services, said in a released statement. "People need more than fuel for their vehicles right now. They need gasoline to power generators just to satisfy basic necessities as they wait for power restoration, which could take weeks in certain areas."
The effort requires a uniformed and coordinated approach as assessing the damage is an overwhelming task. To ensure proper oversight, the company assigned a designated project manager, Jessica Gonzalez, to supervise logistics.
"The damage is staggering," Martinez said in a released statement. "As we conduct assessments, we are uncovering the full scope of issues that need our attention, and we are committed to seeing our customers through this."