Shell Oil Company and its Louisiana lines of business have pledged over $300,000 in donations to assist the relief and recovery efforts in Southwest Louisiana following Hurricane Laura.
The hurricane caused widespread devastation when it stretched from Louisiana’s coast to over 200 miles inland. More than 100,000 Louisianans have been displaced.
“Almost exactly fifteen years ago, Shell’s operations and people in Louisiana faced monumental challenges to our people and business from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” Vice President of Gulf of Mexico – Shell Offshore Inc. Rick Tallant said. “Back in 2005, our neighbors in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas took us in and helped us to recover and rebuild so that Shell could continue to call Louisiana home. Today, we are grateful for the opportunity to repay their kindness and care by stepping up and providing a suite of disaster recovery donations and volunteer activations from every aspect of our Louisiana businesses so our neighbors too can recover and rebuild their lives and businesses in Southwest Louisiana.”
Donations from Shell’s Louisiana businesses include a $40,000 donation to the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross, a $25,000 donation to Second Harvest of Acadiana, a $50,000 donation to United Way of Southwest Louisiana and $50,000 to deploy Shell volunteer clean up and rebuilding events.
In addition, $90,000 was provided to install shower stations and restroom trailers and $10,000 was provided for humanitarian supplies to hardest hit areas.
Two activations of a Shell volunteer cooking team, aiming to feed over 3,000 people in hardest hit areas, were also funded at $35,000.
“Louisiana is one of the most critical regions areas Shell operates in globally,” Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy said. “The state is home to all aspects of our business – ranging from retail gas stations, refining and chemical manufacturing – and remains the home and heartland of our Deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration and production business.”
Combined, Hardy said these businesses directly employ more than 4,000 people, with another 4,000-plus Shell retirees calling Louisiana home.
“When one part of our state needs help, we respond, because this is our home too,” he said.