Disaster Response & Safety
We provide support for programs that promote wellness and that help keep communities safe. We also provide assistance to communities in times of disaster.
From hurricanes to flooding, earthquakes to landslides and fires, 2017 saw some deadly natural disasters. Devastating hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria) across the Caribbean islands, the Florida peninsula and the Texas coastline, devastating earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires in California wrought destruction to thousands.
Employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies along with the Sempra Energy Foundation responded to nine of those terrible disasters: The floods in Peru, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes in Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City in Mexico, the Northern California fires, the Ventura Fires and the San Diego County Fires.
In response to all these devastating disasters, employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies raised over $136,000 to support immediate relief efforts in the affected areas. In addition, Sempra Energy and the Sempra Energy Foundation made additional matching and long-term recovery grants totaling over $860,000 in support of affected communities.
Hurricane Matthew - 2016:
In October, after a devastating hurricane hit the Western Atlantic, employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies rallied in support of this cause and raised nearly $20,000, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Sempra Energy Foundation. The funds were donated to the American Red Cross and the International Medical Corps to support immediate relief efforts in the affected areas. In total, nearly $87,000 were contributed in support of all those affected by this natural disaster.
Ecuador Earthquake – 2016:
In April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the country of Ecuador, leaving many people injured and displaced from their homes. In response to this devastating earthquake, employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies raised over $17,000 to support the International Medical Corps. In addition, the Sempra Foundation matched $10,000 of the total employee contributions.
Louisiana Floods – 2016:
Catastrophic floods hit Louisiana in August, leaving thousands of homes and businesses submerged. The Sempra Energy Foundation immediately partnered with the Louisiana Red Cross to support relief efforts. The Sempra Energy Foundation was able to provide a $25,000 grant in disaster aid.
Nepal Earthquake Relief - 2015:
In April, after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, the Sempra Energy Foundation made an immediate grant of $25,000 to the American Red Cross to support immediate relief efforts in that country. Employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies rallied in support of this cause and raised over $42,000 for the same cause, some of which was matched by the Sempra Energy Foundation. In addition, the foundation also matched employees’ contributions to the American Himalayan Foundation. Employees raised nearly $12,000 in support of their crucial relief efforts. In total, nearly $115,000 was contributed in support of the thousands of victims of this terrible incident.