Applaud Beer Company for Helping Flood Victims

2015 Lake Texoma Flooding

Target: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Cartersville manager Rob Haas

Goal: Applaud Anheuser-Busch brewery plant for canning water instead of beer to help flood victims.

An Anheuser-Busch brewery plant has started canning water instead of beer to help the victims of recent floods in Texas and Oklahoma. Beer production at the Cartersville brewery in northwest Georgia was halted to produce 50,000 cans of emergency water in a special white can to be distributed in flooded areas.

Eight inches of rain was dumped on the region. That’s 32 trillion gallons of water. According to meteorologists, the rainfall was enough to fully reverse the drought conditions afflicting the area for five years. President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the parts of Texas and Oklahoma that have been affected by the deadly severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. More than 20 have been left dead and over a dozen are missing.

With all the devastation, the logistics for distributing any emergency supplies can be difficult. Fortunately, Anheuser-Busch is one of the Red Cross’ disaster relief partners. The two organizations worked out the shipments of emergency water distribution to the areas that need it most. At times, this is something only the private sector is able to help with.

This is not the first time the Cartersville Anheuser-Busch brewery halted beer production and switched to canning emergency water. They participated in similar initiatives before, including during the Northeast’s Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Cartersville manager Rob Haas says the brewery is uniquely positioned to provide emergency water in a timely manner.

If a company can profit off of the public, a company can provide some aid in a public disaster. Applaud Anheuser-Busch for seeing customers as people first.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Haas,

I want to applaud Anheuser-Busch and your Cartersville brewery branch for mobilizing emergency water efforts to help Texas and Oklahoma’s flood victims.

As I’m sure you know, President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the areas affected by the deadly severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. Eight inches of rain was dumped on the region, amounting to 32 trillion gallons of water. According to meteorologists, the rainfall was enough to fully reverse the drought conditions afflicting the area for five years. More than 20 have been left dead and over a dozen are missing.

With all the devastation in the region, the logistics for distributing any emergency supplies can be difficult. Thank you for partnering with Red Cross disaster relief and for working together on the shipments of emergency water distribution to the areas that need it most.

I understand the Cartersville brewery participated in similar water canning initiatives before, including after the Northeast’s Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For this and all the aid you provided during past tragedies, I applaud you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Edward N. Johnson

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