Many companies are pitching in to help those affected by the catastrophic damage that Hurricane Harvey has caused southeastern Texas and Louisiana. For their part, Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser Beer, is delivering three truckloads — over 155,000 cans — of emergency drinking water to help communities in the Gulf Coast area.
An initial truckload was sent from their Cartersville brewery in Georgia and delivered to the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge on August 28 with help from Mockler Beverage, one of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners. Two additional truckloads are being sent to an American Red Cross facility in Arlington, Texas, which are scheduled to arrive in the coming days.
The Cartersville brewery halts production periodically throughout the year to prepare canned drinking water so as to be ready to help American communities in times of need. This clean, safe emergency drinking water was already canned and ready to be shipped when the Red Cross issued an urgent request to support communities hit by Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast early Saturday with winds over 100 mph and devastating floods in some areas. The American Red Cross prepared over 50 shelters to support thousands of potentially displaced people.
Anheuser-Busch has three facilities in Houston: one large brewery, its craft partner Karbach, and the Longhorn glass bottle facility. These three facilities together have approximately 1,100 employees and all are safe.
The company has a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch produced and shipped emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods, and Hurricane Matthew. Since 1988, the St. Louis-based brewer has provided over 76 million cans of drinking water to aid disaster-stricken areas.