Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., released a statement this afternoon detailing its assistance in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The press release said:
“Caterpillar is working closely with all of its Cat dealers in mobilizing equipment, personnel and other resources to help the affected areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. H.O. Penn has already provided approximately 100MW of portable generator sets to customers in the greater New York City area. Additional portable generator sets are staged in H.O. Penn yards and ready for mobilization as the priorities for use are determined and locations are identified by local authorities.
"Other Cat dealers across the eastern United States and Canada, including Milton Cat, Foley Inc. and Ransome, are mobilizing and have mobilized hundreds of generators since last week in preparation and response to the storm and are ready to deploy as the hardest-hit areas are identified.
"Caterpillar and the entire dealer network will continue to work with local authorities along with dealer personnel to assess the ongoing situation to determine where they can be of greatest assistance to their customers and the affected population. Also, the Caterpillar Foundation invests in the Annual Disaster Giving Program, which provides relief money that the American Red Cross uses to be prepared before a disaster strikes. The Red Cross is already providing disaster relief services to the hardest hit areas.”