Hurricane Harvey has decimated much of the Texas Gulf Coast, killing at least 10 people and leaving Houston under water. But Americans across the South have rallied in the face of disaster, and that includes one of the country’s biggest corporations.
Anheuser-Busch has stopped production at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery in order to bottle and ship cans of drinking water to victims of the storm:
Home to well-known beer brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, and Busch, the Anheuser-Busch company has already sent more than 155,000 cans of drinking water to Red Cross shelters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Texas, where it will be distributed where needed most.
“Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia, brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis. Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations,” Sarah Schilling, brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery, said in a statement.
Anheuser-Busch’s preparedness and forethought has aided millions. In 2016, the brewery shipped over 2 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods, and Hurricane Matthew. In fact, Bill Bradley, Anheuser-Busch’s VP of Community Affairs, recently said, “Since 1988 we have donated an excess of 76 million cans of clean drinking water.”
It will take years for Texas to recover from Hurricane Harvey. But as always, Americans have shown resilience in the face of disaster.
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