Pinellas Park, FL - The General Motors Foundation donated three HUMMER H2s to the American Red Cross today to help meet the immediate needs of hurricane victims throughout Florida. Red Cross volunteers took delivery of the vehicles at Dew HUMMER in Pinellas Park, Fla.
"A major problem in disaster relief is inaccessibility to roads. Normal vehicles can't reach certain areas because of debris and fallen trees," said Armand Mascelli, vice president of response for the American Red Cross. "The off-road capabilities of the H2s will help Red Cross personnel access and bring supplies to disaster areas that would otherwise be impassable."
In addition to their off-road performance, the vehicles are equipped with three-years of OnStar's life-saving emergency services. Each HUMMER will have 1000 personal calling minutes to use with OnStar's embedded cellular phone capabilities. Red Cross personnel will have immediate access to emergency assistance at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day.
"General Motors takes pride in our long-standing commitment to offer help to communities when disaster strikes," said Rod Gillum, GM Foundation chairman and GM vice president for Corporate Responsibility and Diversity. "These vehicles will be a huge asset to the Red Cross and the communities they serve-today and for years to come."
Last week, General Motors also donated several generator equipped Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra hybrid pickup trucks to the American Red Cross to support victims of the current hurricane season. In addition, the GM Foundation contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross and said it will match up to $100,000 in contributions from GM employees.