Honda Power Equipment Announces Relationship with Operation BBQ Relief
Honda Generators Powering Philanthropic Emergency Services

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outdoor power equipment, today announced a new relationship with the Operation BBQ Relief (www.operationbbqrelief.org).  The mission of Operation BBQ Relief is to provide compassion and offer hope and friendship to people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters across the United States through its expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals and its ability to quickly mobilize teams into any area where nature disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans. 

Honda is providing Operation BBQ Relief with two of its Super Quiet Series portable generator models - the EU6500iSand EU3000iS - both models offering durable, dependable power.  The Honda EU6500iS, providing 6500 watts of backup power, is well suited to RVs, outdoor events, home back-up, and more.  It can provide up to 14 hours of power on 4.5 gallons of fuel. This generator features a convenient electric start and an inverter to provide clean, stable power for computers and sensitive electronic equipment.  The compact, 3000 watt Honda EU3000iS, is the smallest and quietest generator capable of starting and running most modern 13,500 BTU recreational vehicle (RV) air conditioners as well as powering additional appliances in an RV. This model also doubles as a home back-up unit to selectively power a furnace, refrigerator, microwave, TV, hair dryer, and several lights. The Honda generators will power two disaster deployment trailers and one barbecue trailer used by Operation BBQ Relief to prepare and serve meals as well as provide comfort stations for volunteers and those displaced in disaster zones. Operation BBQ Relief will operate the generators on trailers, allowing them to be deployed rapidly to disaster areas anywhere in the country.  Honda Power Equipment service representatives also will advise Operation BBQ Relief on proper installation and use of the generators.

"Our new relationship with Operation BBQ Relief is powerful on a number of levels. First and foremost, this relationship provides Honda Power Equipment an opportunity help support those in their time of need.   It also supports our fundamental strategy of assisting people who have a demand for portable power in a wide range of emergency, professional and recreational situations," said Scott Conner, senior vice president, Honda Power Equipment.  "Honda Power Equipment welcomes the opportunity to work with such a dynamic and compassionate organization."

Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of portable generators for commercial and consumer applications.  Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 10,000 watts of power, providing smooth, dependable power for recreation, construction, rental, and emergency use. Honda's Super Quiet Series generators are inverter-equipped, lightweight models with ultra low noise.  Any of these models, depending on power requirements, are good choices for home backup or public events.   

"We are excited to partner with Honda for our power needs," said Stan Hays, co-founder and executive director, Operation BBQ Relief.  "This partnership allows us to mobilize our trailers knowing that we will have the power required to help those in need of warm meals when disaster strikes."       

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About Honda Power Equipment

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.

Information for media regarding Honda products is available at www.hondanews.com.
Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at www.hondapowerequipment.com.

About Operation BBQ Relief
Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in May, 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. On May 22, a massive multi-vortex EF5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing over 140 people and injuring more than 1,000. Working from the middle of an empty parking lot, OBR volunteers cooked and served 120,000 meals to tornado survivors and rescue workers for 11 days. The Joplin operation became a model for how the organization would work during other disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and floods.  Since May 23, 2011, Operation BBQ Relief has served over 311,000 meals.

More information is available at www.operationbbqrelief.org.

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