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Volvo Group Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

The Volvo Group will contribute $100,000 in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts by the American Red Cross, the City of New York, and the City of Allentown, PA

“With several major facilities and thousands of employees in regions affected by the storm, we’re keenly aware of the lingering effects of this disaster,” said Dennis Slagle, Volvo Group executive vice president for Trucks Sales & Marketing Americas. “While the headlines are tapering off, the hard work of recovery is very much ongoing, and we want to do our part.”

The Volvo Group is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross, $25,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and $25,000 to the City of Allentown, Pa.

The New York City donation will help meet immediate needs for food, water and supplies and support long-term relief and restoration projects. Allentown will use the donation to replace the severely damaged roof of the Mack South Fire Station.

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Texas Based Holt Cat Delivers Relief In Northeast After Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, HOLT CAT rose to the challenge and provided power to affected regions. Following the superstorm’s destruction across the Northeast, the CAT dealer’s national response team deployed power generator equipment and service technicians to New York and New Jersey, restoring temporary and permanent power in those areas.

Currently, HOLT’s generators have provided 13.3 megawatts of electric power to the Northeast, and HOLT’s National Accounts administrative staff continues to provide tools and technicians to service power outages.Through sale and rental, HOLT has also provided more than 40 dewatering pumps and 100 light towers.

HOLT CAT Product Support Sales Manager Samuel Miller described this effort, “It speaks volumes [about the company] that HOLT’s National Accounts were able to coordinate this much personnel and tap into equipment providers on a local level, who delivered equipment and transportation options to facilitate relief efforts.”

Power generators are currently powering the New York Stock Exchange and other critcial institutions that would otherwise be without power. HOLT is proud to be a provider of generators and service techinicans in the area. HOLT will continue to prioritize relief efforts in the Northeast.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $12 million in Quick Release Emergency Relief Funds for Hurricane Sandy Damage in New Jersey

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced he is making $12 million in quick release emergency relief funds immediately available to New Jersey and Connecticut to help begin repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, while assessments continue throughout the Northeast to determine the full extent of the damage. Today’s announcement follows President Obama’s call for federal agencies to act quickly and bring all available resources to bear as quickly as possible.  It also builds on the disaster assistance efforts President Obama approved in the last several days, including major disaster declarations, which make federal assistance – like these emergency relief funds – available to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts.

The funds – $10 million for New Jersey and $2 million for Connecticut – mark another installment of federal-aid highway funds going toward repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Earlier this week, DOT approved $17 million in quick release emergency relief funds – $10 million for New York; $3 million for Rhode Island; and $4 million for North Carolina.

“President Obama made it clear that we need to do all we can to help communities get their transportation systems up and running and we are doing that,” said Secretary LaHood.  “These emergency relief funds represent only the start of our commitment to the region’s recovery.”

Quick release emergency funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are used for a variety of repairs to roads, bridges and tunnels that are immediately necessary.  New Jersey will use the funding to help maintain essential traffic flow and repair sections of highway necessary to prevent further damage; Connecticut will use it for general emergency repairs to federal aid highways.

“New Jersey and Connecticut can count on our full support as their transportation systems resume service,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.  “Mobility is the first step toward recovery, and we will work with officials in both states to ensure that happens as quickly as possible.”
FHWA’s emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. Restoring critical infrastructure is essential to enabling first responders and relief workers to access impacted communities and to quickly restoring services to impacted residents.