Exxon Mobil Corporation announced today a donation of $1.5 million for disaster relief assistance in Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Gustav.
“The physical damage from Gustav’s hurricane force winds has been devastating, particularly in south Louisiana,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer.
“Hundreds of thousands of people will be without power for several more weeks and their homes have sustained serious water and wind damage. We hope our contribution will make a meaningful difference in the affected communities.”
ExxonMobil’s donation is being directed to the American Red Cross and the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, which was among the hardest hit areas.
The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund provides food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year. The Capital Area United Way serves a 10-parish area, which includes the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
ExxonMobil employs more than 4,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area, where it has operated a refinery for nearly 100 years. Also in Baton Rouge, ExxonMobil operates a chemical plant, polyolefins plant, plastics plant, lubricants plant, pipelines and the Anchorage Chemical Terminal.
Elsewhere in Louisiana, ExxonMobil operates the Chalmette refinery in St. Bernard Parish southeast of New Orleans, where it employs about 600 people. The company also has oil and gas production operations offshore Gulf of Mexico and in a number of onshore locations throughout Louisiana, most notably in Grand Isle.
Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States, engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and public policy in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide.