October 20, 2016
Anheuser-Busch Sends 13.5 Truckloads of Emergency Drinking Water to Communities Hit by Hurricane Matthew
Anheuser-Busch has sent 13.5 truckloads – approximately 700,000 cans – of emergency canned drinking water to help local communities hit by Hurricane Matthew.
The delivery is in response to urgent requests from local wholesalers and the American Red Cross after Hurricane Matthew caused severe flooding and storm surges in parts of the Southeast US.
Emergency water deliveries spanned across states including Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Anheuser-Busch has also provided 1 truckload of water to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the Bahamas who has been working to get supplies and services to Freeport and other areas of the Bahamas that sustained considerable damage from Hurricane Matthew.
The water was sent from Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville Brewery, GA, which periodically pauses production to can drinking water so as to be ready to help communities in times of disaster.
“We are humbled to be able to help out our neighbors in urgent times like this,” said Craig Tomeo, Senior General Manager of Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville Brewery. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help right now.”
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide. Prior to this donation for Hurricane Matthew, Anheuser-Busch had already donated over 1 million cans of emergency drinking water this year alone, including for severe flooding in Louisiana this summer.
In addition, the company contributed $1 million in 2016 as a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and is a longtime partner of the organization’s blood donor program, receiving its Biomedical Partnership Award in 2015.
An earlier version of this press release stated the donation totaled nine truckloads to be distributed to communities in Florida before the American Red Cross requested an additional four shipments of emergency drinking water for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The release has also been updated to include the shipment to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the Bahamas.