September 6, 2005 at 1:18 PM CDT - Updated July 3 at 12:28 AM
Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC will implement a disaster relief support program to aid recovery efforts in GulfCoast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.A key part of the program involves Shell and Motiva dedicating $2 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and matching employee donations up to another $1 million.
“Our highest priority is to help provide for the immediate safety and long-term well being of our employees, their families and the residents in these devastated communities,” says John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Company.“Shell has a long-standing record of working with the Red Cross nationally and locally for disaster relief and education on hurricane preparedness.”
Beyond financial support of this fund, Shell has other disaster relief support efforts underway in Houston and the affected areas.Shell employees can volunteer at shelters and on-site in the affected areas, and participate in community pledge programs.Shell is also providing its affected employees and their families with a broad range of resources and services to assure their care at this time.
"We are grateful that Shell and its employees have chosen the Red Cross as their way to reach out to those whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina,” said Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “With Shell’s help, the Red Cross can supply the shelter, food, emotional support and longer-term recovery assistance that thousands so badly need.
Motiva Enterprises LLC owns and operates refineries capable of refining approximately 705,000 barrels per day, a distribution system including ownership interests in 47 products terminals, and a marketing network that supports more than 9,000 branded gasoline stations in the Eastern and Southern United States.
Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology.Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of The Shell Group, which operates in over 140 countries and employs more than 112,000 people.
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through almost 900 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 181 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. Marsha J. Evans is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.