Siemens announced initial deployment of critical infrastructure equipment needed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The company is sending power generators to hospitals in Houston and Louisiana and telecommunications equipment to emergency centers and key hubs. Siemens is preparing to send USFilter water treatment equipment to the Gulf Coast areas and heart monitors and imaging equipment to Houston area hospitals. In addition, the company has announced a 100 percent matching donation program for its 70,000 U.S. employees. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
"Siemens employees join the rest of the nation in our concern and sympathy for those in Louisiana Mississippi and Alabama who are experiencing such devastation and loss from Hurricane Katrina," said Siemens Corporation CEO and president George Nolen. "While the full impact and needs have yet to be determined, Siemens already has responded to requests for equipment related to healthcare and safety. We are prepared to continue assisting with the relief effort and ultimately the rebuilding of communities in the south. Our thoughts and prayers will be with our colleagues and their neighbors in the weeks and months ahead."
Siemens has more than 2,500 employees in the affected areas. The company initiated a hotline for affected employees to call in if they need housing, supplies, clothing and other essentials. In addition, Siemens is working with the Red Cross and FEMA to determine what other products, services and manpower is needed to assist with the relief efforts.
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