• 15-OCT-2009

Private Companies Partner with Local Agencies to Assist in Natural Disaster Response

Private Companies Help in Disaster

In recent years, companies like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Home Depot and OnStar have begun partnering with the government to assist in disaster response. In fact, when something like a flood or hurricane is inevitable, OnStar sets up a Crisis Assist team. Working directly with the local emergency management team, they relay up-to-date information to any subscriber who needs it in the affected area. With the push of a button, they can be connected to a specialized advisor who can provide real time information including updates on weather, evacuation routes and shelters. Available video includes b-roll of hurricanes and flooding, as well as emergency response and OnStar footage.