American Honda Motor Company, Inc. donated 100 Honda EU2000 portable generators to the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to power warming and comfort stations at fire departments in storm-hit and heavily damaged areas of Nassau County, Long Island, New York.
"The needs of New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy are great, and the generous assistance from corporate partners like Honda is more than welcome," New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. "These generators will be essential in keeping warming stations powered and running in the most impacted areas of Nassau County so that local residents have a place to go if they are cold. I encourage other corporations to provide any help they can offer."
The Honda EU2000 portable generators are light-weight generators that produce 2,000 maximum watts of clean power. The units weigh 47 lbs. each and have a run time of 9.6 hours at a 1/4 load and a 1.1 gallon fuel tank.
"At Honda, we are working to be responsive to people in need in New York and on the East Coast on a number of fronts," said Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda. "The Honda family of companies in North America, and our associates, dealers, suppliers, customers and others affiliated with the company are pitching in to respond to this very tough situation."
On Nov. 1, 2012, American Honda pledged $500,000 to the Red Cross "Hurricanes of 2012 and Other Related Storms" fund, for use during humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by the storms. A special company fund will match Honda's corporate associates' personal contributions to the Red Cross on a dollar-for-dollar basis at various Honda companies.
The company also established special online channels to facilitate donations from Honda and Acura automobile dealers, Honda motorcycle, power equipment and marine dealers, customers, suppliers and others interested in supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief effort through the Red Cross.
The donations represent the collective contribution of the Honda family of companies and its associates in the U.S. and Canada, which consists of sales, manufacturing, finance and research and development operations, with more than 33,000 associates. Contributions from Honda's operations in Canada will be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
In addition, Honda Financial Services is instituting a number of measures to provide relief to customers directly affected by the storm, including temporary adjustments to policies on fee payments, late credit bureau reporting, extensions of loan payments, waivers of late charges and other services when appropriate.
Honda has been in close communication with the Red Cross regarding its need for material and equipment. The company has a longstanding relationship with the Red Cross and has supported the emergency relief organization in previous disaster relief efforts through cash, product and in-kind donations.
The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. For more information about the Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.
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