Last week, the leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, asked me and two other CEOs: What can the private sector do to better prepare the country for natural disasters?
When disaster strikes, business acts. From donating millions to support relief organizations, to activating countless employee volunteers, to providing in-kind products and services—communities recover quicker because the private sector mobilizes in times of need.
Disasters are a matter of if, not when. Now that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has begun, it is crucial businesses are taking steps to ensure they are prepared.
At the backbone of PNC’s corporate responsibility efforts is the belief that when communities prosper, their business prospers. PNC supports the communities where it conducts business through job creation, local infrastructure, small business loans, financial education, and sponsorships.
In August 2017 and September 2017, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (both category 4 storms at landfall) tore through the states of Texas and Florida, leaving many communities with significant physical and economic damage.
The effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico have been well publicized, and there is much work ahead. The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is proud to be one of hundreds of organizations on the island trying to facilitate a path forward for the people of Puerto Rico.