Disaster Response & Safety
We provide support for programs that promote wellness and that help keep communities safe. We also provide assistance to communities in times of disaster.
2018 saw another year of devastating natural disasters. The US was hit with two deadly hurricanes, Florence and Michael (the worst hurricane to hit the East Coast in five decades) and the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. Internationally, a deadly typhoon brought widespread damage in September to the Philippines, South China and Hong Kong. Additionally, an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia took the lives of thousands and caused massive destruction. In response, the Sempra Energy Foundation and Sempra Energy employees once again rallied in support of victims by making financial contributions which the Sempra Energy Foundation matched. Collectively, over $450,000 were contributed this year towards recovery efforts.
From hurricanes to flooding, earthquakes to landslides and fires, 2017 saw some deadly natural disasters. Devastating hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria) across the Caribbean islands, the Florida peninsula and the Texas coastline, devastating earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires in California wrought destruction to thousands.
Employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies along with the Sempra Energy Foundation responded to nine of those terrible disasters: The floods in Peru, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes in Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City in Mexico, the Northern California fires, the Ventura Fires and the San Diego County Fires.
In response to all these devastating disasters, employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies raised over $136,000 to support immediate relief efforts in the affected areas. In addition, Sempra Energy and the Sempra Energy Foundation made additional matching and long-term recovery grants totaling over $860,000 in support of affected communities.
The year 2016 saw millions around the world impacted by headline-making natural disasters. In April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the country of Ecuador, leaving many people injured and displaced from their homes. Catastrophic floods hit Louisiana in August, leaving thousands of homes and businesses submerged and in October, a devastating hurricane hit the Western Atlantic. In response to all these disasters, employees of the Sempra Energy family of companies rallied in support of those affected and raised over $35,000. In addition, the Sempra Energy Foundation contributed over $100,000 in matching and emergency relief grants.