Anheuser-Busch has stepped up to help out victims of Hurricane Harvey, taking a step away from beer production to help provide much-needed drinking water to the areas in and around Houston hit hardest by the massive storm.
As CBS News reports, the brewery facilities in Cartersville, Georgia turned off the beer taps and turned on the water, converting the canning lines to produce safe drinking water for Texas residents impacted by the ongoing crisis in the region. By later that same day, the first shipments were already en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Arlington in Texas.
This is thanks to Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing emergency drinking water programs, which stops beer canning periodically all throughout the year to produce cans of water, ensuring that a supply is available in case of a crisis like Hurricane Harvey. According to USA Today, the first shipments to Louisiana and Texas totaled 155,000 cans – a significant volume that is sure to make an impact to evacuated and rescued individuals in shelters throughout the impacted areas.
Anheuser-Busch’s emergency drinking water program is part of the company’s ongoing support of the American Red Cross. As a partner of the relief organization for more than 100 years, AB has delivered aid to more than 50 communities in 20 states during the last 30 years. Cans of water from brewery lines helped provide safe, clean and portable drinking water for residents in storm-impacted areas, as well as places affected by flash flooding, wildfires and even water main breaks and oil spills.
As the Houston region and other communities throughout Texas and Louisiana continue to deal with flooding and other issues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Anheuser-Busch is committed to continuing to offer support and relief. Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and hope that residents can soon return to their homes safely to begin the process of recovering and rebuilding from this overwhelming storm.