Union Pacific Railroad Helps With Katrina Recovery Still Trying to Contact Employees
Omaha, Neb., September 14, 2005 In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast, Union Pacific is transporting goods and supplies in support of recovery efforts, assisting more than 250 Union Pacific employees who lived in the devastated area and matching employee cash donations toward the relief effort.
"Our hearts go out to all the people affected by Hurricane Katrina. We are committed to helping our employees, and the region, get back on their feet," said Dick Davidson, chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Corporation. "We encourage employees who have not contacted us to call our employee assistance hotline as soon as possible."
If they have not done so, UP employees affected by the storm should call the railroad’s employee assistance hot line at 1-877-877-2567, option 1.
The railroad is matching cash donations to a fund Union Pacific’s Employee Clubs established to help employees impacted by the hurricane. Railroad employees who are unable to work because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina will continue to be paid for at least one month and are being offered additional financial aid.
Union Pacific is also encouraging its 49,000 employees to donate to the various service organizations providing relief in the New Orleans area. The railroad will match employee cash donations dollar-for-dollar to the American Red Cross, America’s Second Harvest, Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Salvation Army.
Union Pacific has moved 135 trailers loaded with bottled water that is being distributed by truck to Katrina victims and response workers. Also, several special trains with fuel have been delivered to eastern railroads. Union Pacific is coordinating all relief material movements through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including the movement and staging of 20 refrigerated box cars Union Pacific is donating, to support the relief effort.
Immediately following the storm, a Katrina Response Command Center was established at the railroad’s Harriman Dispatching Center in Omaha. The command center coordinates all activities with government agencies, other railroads and various Union Pacific departments involved in relief efforts and train operations.
Employees from across the system were dispatched to help with operations in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region within hours after the hurricane made landfall.
Local service to UP customers on the line between Livonia, La., and Avondale, La., was restored Wednesday, Aug. 31. This line is on the west side of the Mississippi River. Union Pacific is detouring 14 trains that normally use the New Orleans gateway. Memphis is primarily being used for detours to eastern carriers, with St. Louis as the secondary gateway.
The Norfolk Southern Railway on Tuesday, Sept. 13, operated its first westbound train from New Orleans and gave it to Union Pacific at Avondale. Union Pacific interchanges four trains a day with the NS, two west and two east. Because of the damage to NS’s buildings in New Orleans, Union Pacific is providing temporary office space, communication equipment and crew lodging in Avondale.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers.
Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
For further information, contact Mark Davis: (402) 544-5459
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