U-Haul joins American Red Cross as disaster responder

U-Haul joins American Red Cross as disaster responder. | Courtesy of U-Haul
U-Haul International Inc. (U-Haul) announced on Tuesday that they have formalized their partnership with the American Red Cross (ARC) and will now serve as a Red Cross Disaster Responder.

With this official partnership in place, the ARC will have access to the company's wide network of storage locations as well as the use of trucks and other equipment. The company has locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.

"U-Haul Company has had a longstanding, working relationship with the Red Cross and has been considered a first responder by the many communities it serves that have been challenged by national disasters," U-Haul President J.T. Taylor said. "The Red Cross has an innate capability of reaching those who need help the most, and U-Haul Company and all of its team members have been and are committed to supporting those much needed outreach efforts. It is both an honor and appropriate that we formalize our relationship with this partnership."

In the past, U-Haul lent its support to the ARC during Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina; in both cases, the company sent trucks filled with supplies and offered self-storage to victims free of charge.

"We're grateful to U-Haul for their generous donation for our disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts," Richard Reed, ARC senior vice president of disaster cycle services, said. "Whether the disaster is big or small, the Red Cross is committed to helping people get back on their feet as quickly as possible and this donation will help us fulfill that commitment."

The ARC has 39 disaster responders that aid the organization in shelter and other forms of support for disaster victims.

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