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Chamber Members Step up Support for Texas and Florida in Hurricane Aftermath

After hurricanes Harvey and Irma flooded dozens of cities in Florida and Texas and left millions without power, Detroit Regional Chamber member companies have acted swiftly to assist with relief efforts. Last week, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy dispatched hundreds of employees from Michigan to Florida to remove debris and assist in restoring power.

“In the past, we were fortunate to be supported by out-of-state crews following major storms, and with fair weather here in Michigan, this is an opportunity for us to return the favor to our fellow line workers,” said Guy Packard, vice president of electric energy operations for Consumers Energy.

Fortis companies, including ITC Holdings Inc., have also committed 140 field crew members to assist with power restoration efforts in the Caribbean and Florida.

The Penske Corp. helped transport donations to the Harvey flood zone. Roger Penske, chairman, CEO and founder of Penske Corp., learned of the transportation need while listening to “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR NewsTalk 760 AM and responded by donating two semi-trucks to haul the donations to Houston.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce currently estimates corporate contributions for relief total more than $65 million. Many Chamber member companies including: AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, Comerica Bank, Ford Motor Co., ITC Holdings Inc.JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kroger and PNC have reported contributions. On Tuesday, WDIV TV-4 partnered with Art Van Furniture and the American Red Cross to raise more than $430,000 during the “Help 4 Hurricane Relief” telethon.

The Detroit Tigers also played a role in supporting relief efforts. The Detroit Tigers turned their Lakeland facility into a shelter during Hurricane Irma.