DuPont announced that it will donate $1 million in cash to agencies supporting Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. The company will focus its aid on particularly hard hit communities, such as those surrounding the DuPont DeLisle and Pascagoula sites, both in Mississippi.
DuPont also is prepared to provide product donations used in disaster relief, recovery and rebuilding, such as DuPont Personal Protection products containing Kevlar, Nomex and Tyvek high performance materials; Virkon S disinfectant; RelyOn disinfectant wipes; and Solae energy bars and soy beverages.
“Our thoughts are with our employees, their families and neighbors who are living through a devastating situation on the gulf coast,” said DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. "We hope that these donations in some small way can lighten their burden and accelerate the recovery process.”
While information is not yet complete, there are no reports of injuries to employees on site or of environmental incidents at the five DuPont sites that were most heavily impacted by the storm: Burnside (La.), DeLisle (Miss.), Mobile (Ala.), Pascagoula (Miss.) and Pontchartrain (La.).
With the full support of DuPont resources, each DuPont site in the region is currently assessing the impact of the hurricane. Impacts on DuPont operations are likely to vary from site to site. A better understanding of the full impact of the storm will be available once a more thorough assessment can be completed.