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American industry responds generously to hurricane

Sept. 19, 2005
Hurricane Katrina left much of the Gulf coast in ruins, but the restoration of the area is already under way. Aiding in that restoration are numerous industrial companies. Some companies with facilities in the region were hard at work locating their employees and providing for them while other companies were sending money and supplies to the region to help the relief effort. Read here to see the generous response of American industrial companies.
Visit www.redcross.org and www.salvationarmy.org for specific donation information. Let us all hang together for our friends and colleagues in the process industries along the Gulf Coast.

COMPANY DONATE TO THE RELIEF EFFORT

American Chemical Council's statement on the impact of Hurricane Katrina
American Chemistry Council (ACC) companies and employees have opened their hearts and homes to the victims of Katrina and are contributing millions of dollars to relief efforts.

Lyondell will match employee contributions to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
In response to the tragic aftermatch of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast, Lyondell has announced an expanded and simplified Matching Gifts opportunity for employees.

ExxonMobil contributes to Hurrican relief efforts
Exxon has been involved with sending aid to the area from day one. You can follow all the company's contributions here.

Eastman matches employee contributions to Katrina relief effort
Eastman has pledged to match at least $100,000 in employee contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Get updates on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Air Products Gulf operations
Air Products' facilities on the Gulf were affected first-hand by Hurricane Katrina. Read here to follow what the company has done in response.

Siemens to donate more than a $1 million to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
Siemens is sending more than money to the affected region.

Bayer continues to provide for Hurricane Katrina victims
Truckloads of critical items have been sent to the region by Bayer. Read here to find out about all the different items Bayer has provided.

A Chevron Hurricane Katrina update
This company has started a relief fund in additon to other activities it has performed to help individuals in the area.

ConocoPhillips contributes $3 million to Katrina relief efforts
It was an immediate and generous response from ConocoPhillips.

Bently Systems provides useful design software to firms displaced by Katrina
This innovative idea fulfills a critical need for companies looking to rebuild.

Learn from hurricanes past
It was 1998 and Hurricane Georges had devestated a Pascagoula, Mississippi oil refinery. Read here to find out the response.

PROCESS INDUSTRIES TAKE STOCK

In wake of Katrina, oil companies are forced to re-examine Gulf Coast operations

A fishing boat sits on a containment levee in front of an oil storage tank at the Murphy Oil Refinery in St. Bernard, La. Saturday Sept. 17, 2005. The oil refinery experienced some oil leaks due to Hurricane Katrina.

Sept. 18: New York Times
As the petroleum ndustry confronts the challenge of recovering as quickly as possible from Katrina, officials are just beginning to assess the bigger, longer-range questions.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Refiners defer maintenance to keep oil flowing
Sept. 18: MSN.com
U.S. refiners are putting off scheduled maintenance to their plants in response to a White House call to maximise petrol and diesel production following Hurricane Katrina.
CLICK HERE to read more.

New Orleans environmental "nightmare" slows Gulf Coast recovery
Sept. 16: Bloomberg.com
The massive environmental cleanup needed in flood-ravaged New Orleans, a city awash in the toxic residue of its ruined industrial facilities, is slowing the progress and increasing the cost of the Gulf Coast's recovery. The flooded areas include more than 60 chemical plants, oil refineries and petroleum storage facilities, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records. The full extent of the damage won't come into complete focus until the water that swamped 80 percent of the city is pumped out, a process the Army Corps of Engineers says may take until mid-October.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Exxon Mobil managers battled lack of fuel to keep refinery running

Sept. 14: Houston Chronicle
As Hurricane Katrina muscled ashore in Louisiana two weeks ago, the nation's second-largest refinery here came desperately close to a forced shutdown that would have deepened America's energy crisis. The damage to oil and gas production and refining because of the storm has focused attention on the concentration of America's refining capacity in the Gulf region, leading one industry veteran to say . . . "There needs to be a public policy debate about why everything is on the Gulf Coast," Pursell said. "The answer is, nobody else wants it. But we are making a lot of our energy capacity vulnerable to major hurricanes. If America is going to build new refineries, maybe one should be built in Boston."CLICK HERE to read more.

Blogging from Ground Zero
LiveJournal.com
Direct NIC, the Internet registrar company, is located in downtown New Orleans. One of their employees continues to blog as his world comes apart around him. This ain't process automation, but it sure is awesome technology.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Live Camera feed from Ground Zero 
MetaAdvection.net
Check out this real-time live camera feed of the clean up in Downtown New Orleans.
CLICK HERE to view live feed.

MORE INDUSTRY NEWS

Omron pledges $300,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina
Omron.com
Omron Corp. and Omron Management Center of America (Schaumburg, IL) have pledged a total of $300,000 to support victims and aid reconstruction in the areas recently devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Hardy Instruments and its sister company, Dynamic Instruments, managed to raise almost $4000 in employee donations and company matching funds in less than 24 hours.

Hardy Instruments collects $300,000 for Storm Aid
HardyInstruments.com
Hardy Instruments and KOGO 600AM, one of Clear Channel's eleven radio stations in San Diego, teamed up on September 7, 2005 to collect "a ton of change" for Storm Aid. Clear Channel's radio stations asked San Diegans to collect all of their spare change and to donate their change, dollar bills and checks to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina with the goal of raising at least "a ton of cash" during the one-day event. Hardy Instruments provided a giant industrial-size (6 foot by 6 foot) scale on site to measure the weight of the donations as they came in. Over 14 hours, Clear Channel San Diego collected an estimated $275,000, and over 7200 pounds of coins. Hardy Instruments and its sister company, Dynamic Instruments, managed to raise almost $4000 in employee donations and company matching funds in less than 24 hours. Hardy Instruments has been providing customers with process control solutions for over 85 years and is best known for its innovative technology. Hardy, an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer, is based in San Diego, California. For more information about Hardy Instruments, please visit www.hardyinstruments.com, or call 1-800 821-5831.

Supply chain issues from Katrina
LiveJournal.com
CLICK HERE to read more.

American Society of Safety Engineers offers disaster safety checklist

PlantServices.com
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the ASSE has released a safety checklist to assist businesses before, during and after a disaster.CLICK HERE to read more.
Learn from hurricanes past
ControlGlobal.com
Your vendors may or may not be as heroic as theirs, but here's a good article about what happened with motors when Hurricane Georges flooded Chevron's Pascagoula refinery in 1998.CLICK HERE to view a .pdf version of this article.

Hurrican Katrina images

NOAA.gov
The imagery posted on this site is of the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Click on the map to continue zooming in. (Imagery was acquired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Remote Sensing Division).CLICK HERE to view the images.

Workers at the Valero Energy refinery displaced by Katrina are housed in tent cities and sleep on cots at work.

Oil patch musters its scattered work force
MSNBC.com
Dozens of workers at Valero Energy’s St. Charles refinery in Norco, La. were displaced from their homes by the storm. Valero Energy Corp. mechanic Ronald Lewis, displaced by Katrina, now calls the company's St. Charles refinery home, where he sleeps on a cot in the plant's office building. His wife and two daughters, along with other family members, are scattered across Georgia and Mississippi.
CLICK HERE to read more.

No major damage to underwater oil pipelines
MSNBC.com
Katrina, which blasted through the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Louisiana on Aug. 29, destroyed 46 “mostly low producing” energy platforms and extensively damaged 20 others.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Katrina poses extreme challenges for power engineers

TodaysEngineer.org
This article allows us the opportunity to find out what it's like right now for the power engineers at the generating plants and electric power grid utilities in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.CLICK HERE to read more.FAQ for IEEE members affected by Hurricane Katrina
IEEE.org

AKC sets up online for pet lovers who want to help with Hurricane relief
AKC.org
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has set up a unique online volunteer exchange, matching pet lovers willing to house abandoned pets from Hurricane Katrina. Here volunteers from all across the country are listing resources such as open kennels, fenced back yards, barns and stables for horses and even free transportation to help with families who cannot keep their pets with them at this time. Call 1-888-736-3787.
CLICK HERE for more information.

An oil refinery in Codin, Ala. is seen partially submerged.

Oil refineries update 
123Jump.com
Hurricane Katrina caused widespread damage to the nation's oil production and refining capabilities.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Picking up the pieces from Katrina: What lies ahead
Wharton.edu
Wharton professors assess the impact of what is clearly the costliest natural disaster ever to strike the US.
CLICK HERE to read more.

Technology responds to Hurricane Katrina
TechnologyReview.com
Another interesting article with a different perspective on Hurricane Katrina, this time from MIT’s Technology Review.
CLICK HERE to read more.

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