Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on Texas as rivers rise and flooding becomes a widespread problem, even as far inland as Houston. Its total rainfall in some areas of southeast Texas has now reached 49 inches, with Brock Long, the head of FEMA, saying that 450,000 people may need the agency's assistance in the coming days, weeks, and even months.
Fortunately, Anheuser-Busch is sending cans down to help the effort. Not cans of beer, however -- cans of drinking water.
Anheuser-Busch has been known to halt beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia, facility in the event of a natural disaster that calls for the mass distribution of drinking water. The Cartersville plant begins pumping potable water into cans and shipping them to places in need.
Yesterday, 50,000 cans of water arrived in Baton Rouge to be distributed over the next several days to those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Anheuser-Busch distributed 1,056,000 cans of water to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and has also sent large quantities of water to Flint, Michigan, to help combat their water crisis.
Peter Kraemer, the VP of supply for Anheuser-Busch, commented:
Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship large quantities of emergency drinking water.
Kramer went on to say the Anheuser-Busch, with its extensive distribution network, can also identify areas where people are in need and coordinate with relief agencies to get those people safe water as quickly as possible. Whether or not you're a beer fan, bringing clean water to a city in crisis makes a genuine difference that will save lives.
If you’re able to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, you can find a list of agencies and charities who are accepting donations here.
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