The Verizon Foundation has begun a 1-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees in support of relief efforts under way in seven states affected by record-breaking storms and heavy flooding, according to officials.
As part of the foundation's disaster relief program, Verizon’s philanthropic arm will match individual employee contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, America's Second Harvest and the Salvation Army. Relief organizations have provided clean-up supplies, shelters and meals in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Verizon has been supporting relief efforts in affected areas, donating more than 6,000 sand bags and providing a company emergency vehicle.
In addition, emergency personnel and relief agencies in Iowa have received Verizon Wireless mobile phones and USB modems. The company's BroadbandAccess service is being used to access the Internet via laptop computers and USB modems.
Verizon Wireless also rolled out its high-speed wireless network in Iowa City, Iowa, to support communications services for the University of Iowa and other emergency personnel during the severe flooding in the area. The high-speed network was previously deployed in Cedar Rapids and other areas of Iowa. All Verizon Wireless Communications Stores are open to assist customers.