WHEN TYPHOON HAIYAN STRUCK – GENERAL CABLE AND ITS PHELPS DODGE PHILIPPINES EMPLOYEES WERE THERE TO HELP
Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines on the 8th of November. It is believed to be one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world and it brought torrential rain, winds of over 195 mph and a storm surge that rose to 30 feet above sea level that devastated coastal areas.
Millions of people were affected, including over 4,000 who lost their lives and hundreds of thousands who were forced from their homes. Those who survived urgently needed help, which included emergency shelter, clean water and food. General Cable’s Phelps Dodge Philippines (PDP) employees quickly volunteered to help, and immediately went to the typhoon areas to distribute supplies, even before company efforts had been organized, which then quickly followed.
To date, PDP has made donations to the Philippines Red Cross for the victims located in the Visayas. It has also donated to the A. Soriano Foundation for the victims of the typhoon in Palawan. The PDP Sales Team also visited sites in Northern Cebu in Central Visayas, which was also struck hard by the typhoon, where they conducted a relief effort with a network of local electricians. PDP donated canned goods to a local distributor customer, who organized a special relief effort in Biliran and Leyte in Eastern Visayas.
"We are grateful that all our employees and their immediate families were quickly accounted for and everyone was fine," said Peter Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable Asia Pacific. "With all the personal relief efforts that were occurring, everyone was asking how we could support the recovery efforts and I am proud how we have responded as individuals and as a Company, but there is so much more to do."
Going forward, PDP will be supplying wire and cable to rebuild the local infrastructure of cities and local communities so they can begin to restore activities to pre-typhoon conditions.