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Winter 2019

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A Crowley employee loads bins filled with relief aid into a vehicle for transport to Puerto Rico residents following Hurricane Maria. The company's employees held two drives to collect relief aid for co-workers in Puerto Rico. The first drive reaped more than 50,000 lbs. and the second filled a container with more than 400 bins of relief supplies - all of which Crowley shipped directly to the island to support impacted employees. also has more than 300 employees based in Puerto Rico, adding to the personal stakes and challenges. But employees responded quickly before and after the storm. "Crowley is Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico is Crowley," said Gonzalez. Amid the obstacles and chaos immediately following the hurricane, Crowley's Enrique "Ricky" Figueroa, senior director, operations, Caribbean services, and colleagues drove throughout the island to find unaccounted-for employees and check on their safety. Those who could safely return to work did so to clear the port terminal a day after the storm, and truck drivers found ways to safely navigate through chaotic streets that day. Some 60 employees reported for duty and began unloading the first vessel just two hours after the Coast Guard reopened the harbor the Saturday after the storm. "The day after the storm, we were very proud to be open for business. Crowley's employees wanted to go to work because they recognized the severity of the situation and that the inbound cargo was much needed on the island," said Figueroa, also a Puerto Rico resident. "They are also really committed and excited to be a part of Puerto Rico's rebuild. Working for a transportation company plays a large role in that – we all recognize that." But local employees were personally impacted by the storm and needed to take care of themselves and their families, too. To provide relief, Crowley provided ice, food, washing machines and child care at the terminal. That helped Brenda Rivera, Puerto Rico resident and buyer at Crowley, return to the terminal within a few days as soon as the roads were safe. "I was eager to come back to work because we know what we do here is indispensable for the island. Most of what we have comes from the states, Crowley transported 7,000 transformers to assist rebuilding Puerto Rico's electric grid. Connections Magazine, Issue 18 27

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