The Damage That Has Been Done to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has had a particularly devastating hurricane season this year. Already suffering from a long economic crisis, the island saw 1 million residents lose power after being clipped by Hurricane Irma on September, 7th. Recovery efforts were able to restore electricity to many, but some 60,000 people on the island were still without power when the island was devastated by the far more destructive effects of Hurricane Maria (http://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/hurricane-relief/hurricane-maria-relief-information).
Making landfall on September 20th, the category five storm was just about the worst case scenario for Puerto Rico, pummeling the island with over thirty hours of rain and winds over 155 mph. The storm destroyed the island’s energy and transportation infrastructure, demolishing homes, roads, and almost everything else in its path. Local officials have estimated the storm’s damages at over $90 billion.
Red Cross Effort in Puerto Rico Continues With the Help of Donors
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross has a long history of living up to its mission statement — to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Unfortunately, the modern need for the organization is just as high as it was at its inception. A number of natural disasters have wreaked havoc across the U.S. in recent months, and Puerto Rico is one of the hardest areas hit.
What Has Been Done to Help?
The American Red Cross effort in Puerto Rico has been swift and targeted (Twitter). The organization has had employees and volunteers on the ground in the island since before Hurricane Irma made landfall. In conjunction with federal, corporate, and community partners, the Red Cross has mobilized volunteers and relief supplies to those in need. These supplies include items such as water, food, cleanup kits, home repair kits, insect repellant, hand sanitizer, work gloves and more.
The Red Cross has also placed a priority on aiding Puerto Rico’s communications infrastructure, which was leveled from Maria’s devastation. The organization has shipped satellite phones and other technology to the island to fill some of the need left by the interruption in cell phone service there.
Of course, medical care has also been urgently needed in Puerto Rico in the wake of the island’s devastating storms. With the territory’s emergency medical services overwhelmed, especially in rural areas, the Red Cross has sent nurses and EMTs to treat those suffering.
Help is Still Needed
Though the efforts by the Red Cross and other organizations in Puerto Rico has been laudable, the island is still in a state of disrepair. Currently, more than half the island remains without power and debris and devastation still litter the ground in many places. Though the Red Cross has raised over $55 million for the relief of the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, it still needs more in order to help complete the lengthy relief effort.
The Red Cross depends on donations to accomplish its goals. Donations come from a wide variety of sources including individuals and corporations alike. The organization has singled out some of its largest corporate donors on its website and other places as a way of showing gratitude to the many companies that have generously stepped forward to contribute to disaster relief efforts.
With corporate contributions being such an important source of relief effort contributions, it has become ever more pressing for companies in all facets of the economy to do their part in aiding disaster relief by organizations such as the Red Cross. Those who understand the importance of such donations have long been championing them to the corporations to which they are connected. One example of a business mind who understands the importance of charitable giving is Glen Wakeman.
About Glen Wakeman
Wakeman is a man who wears many hats. In his roles as a global business executive, investor, mentor, and entrepreneur, Wakeman coaches other CEOs on how to better manage their companies. A foundational tenet of Wakeman’s teachings is the importance of providing assistance to one’s own community. Having recently donated $1,000 to The American Red Cross himself, Wakeman makes it a point to advise his clients that donating is an important part of staying connected and involved. A world traveler who’s lived in six different countries and worked in thirty-two, Wakeman is well aware of the ever-increasing interconnectedness of the global economy.
Wakeman’s recommendations to donate have a real impact on those he advises. A twenty-year career at GE Capital and other companies has left him with a strong foundation in the world of business. Additionally, his role as the founder of Nova Four bolsters his credentials when advising startups and entrepreneurs.
He currently serves as co-founder and CEO of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC, a SAAS corporation founded in 2015. His role there has given him the opportunity to share a lifetime of business knowledge with a variety of executives and companies both large and small.
Wakeman is well known for a methodology he developed that assesses and improves five key dimensions of performance: leadership, human capital, execution, risk management, and governance. The same passion for business that pushed Wakeman to develop this methodology is now fueling his work as an entrepreneur, mentor, and charitable donor.
As people in the business world continue to acquaint themselves with Wakeman and his teachings, more and more are seeing the importance of his recommendations towards charitable giving to organizations such as the Red Cross.
With individuals and corporations throughout the business community continuing to prioritize donations to better the world, organizations such as the Red Cross are able to continue their missions of alleviating human suffering. This ongoing collaboration between the business and non-profit world is vital to the success of relief efforts in places like Puerto Rico. In an era where the fortunes of one country directly affect those of many others, the leading minds in business know that charitable giving is not only an ethical choice but is also a vital glue that holds the modern age of commerce together.
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