Anheuser-Busch aids victims of Hurricane Ian with water donation
October 28, 2022 - As Hurricane Ian headed for the Florida coastline in early October, the American Red Cross sent out a request for help. Anheuser-Busch answered the call and set out to deliver twenty truckloads – more than one million cans – of emergency drinking water to support local communities in Florida recovering from Hurricane Ian.
The company placed employee safety as a foremost and primary concern. Anheuser-Busch worked closely with its local teams – including at its Jacksonville brewery – to ensure colleagues and partners in the region are safe.
Anheuser-Busch does not work alone in this effort. The donation of emergency drinking water will be done in partnership with Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partners to the American Red Cross operations throughout Florida, including City Beverage, Suncoast Beverage Company, and Daytona Beverages, so that they may distribute the resources to those in need.
"The American Red Cross is grateful for Anheuser-Busch’s generous donation of drinking water as we prepare in advance of Hurricane Ian,” said Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications for the American Red Cross . “We’re so thankful for partners like Anheuser-Busch that allow us to be ready to respond in times of crisis.”
The clean, safe drinking water is sourced from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which alongside the Fort Collins brewery periodically pauses beer production throughout the year to can emergency drinking water and help communities in times of disaster in partnership with the American Red Cross.
“As we recover from Hurricane Ian, our thoughts are with our entire community, especially our more than 1,100 A-B colleagues that call Florida home,” said Craig Tomeo, Senior General Manager of the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery . “Our team in Jacksonville is proud of the support that Anheuser-Bush is providing through this critical donation as we come together and manage the effects of the Hurricane with our families, friends and neighbors.”
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing support for disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross, dating back to 1906. Since the inception of the emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have provided more than 90 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.
Last year alone, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 4 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities and volunteer fire departments across 49 states in support of ongoing relief efforts.