Midland, MI - January 15, 2010
As a part of an initial response to the recent 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Republic of Haiti, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is donating $500,000 to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund facilitated by the American Red Cross to assist in emergency relief and rescue operations. Dow will also match employee contributions to earthquake relief in Haiti - up to $250,000 in combined donations. The Dow matching contribution will go to the United Nations World Food Programme and CARE to support their relief efforts in the country.
"Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Haiti during this time," said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow Chairman and CEO. "We hope our donation efforts can help expedite the current emergency response efforts. Dow will continue to work with government and relief agencies to determine ways to provide further assistance during the rebuilding stage of the overall disaster response.”
Reports estimate that more than three million people have been impacted by the earthquake. Efforts remain in "first responder" search and rescue mode and may continue for the next several days. No Dow employees were impacted by the earthquake.
In recent years Dow has provided relief and direct rebuilding and revitalization efforts to such events as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike on the U.S. Gulf Coast and the 2004 tsunami and earthquakes in Asia Pacific.
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