Honeywell employees offload a truck of donated first responder supplies. Photo courtesy Honeywell.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — To aid in relief and recovery in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Honeywell has donated $600,000 in first responder products.
The company, which manufactures Morning Pride turnout gear for first responders, will donate more than 19,000 personal protective products, including protective footwear, gloves, hoods and helmets. Honeywell representatives will distribute the protective gear via the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Long Island, N.Y., to first responder teams in affected areas in New York and New Jersey.
“As the world’s leading provider of personal protective equipment, we are deeply committed to worker safety and to helping those on the front lines of rescue and recovery efforts remain safe,” says Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote. “Honeywell employees work and live in these communities, these are our own hometowns and we feel a sense of responsibility to support the first responders there.”
Additionally, the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF) has been deployed to support employees who have been affected by the devastating hurricane. Support will initially include immediate cash assistance for food, clothing and shelter to employees who have been temporarily displaced. Honeywell will also match employee contributions to HHRF dollar for dollar.
“With a significant presence in the tri-state area, many of our employees have felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction,” Cote adds. “The fund will help with longer-term needs once the extent of the damage has been assessed and local efforts turn to rebuilding.”
In the past year, Honeywell has donated more than $1 million of safety products to support disaster relief, first responder and other nonprofit agencies. Through the HHRF, the company and thousands of its employees have responded with donations and long-term rebuilding efforts for other tragedies in recent years, such as the tsunami in Japan, the Colorado wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti, tornadoes in North Carolina, hurricanes Ike and Katrina, and the earthquake in China.
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