Update on Hurricane Michael:
GP employees continue to help their fellow co-workers and community with the relief efforts of Hurricane Michael.
Rural southwest Georgia suffered a significant amount of damage. The Cedar Springs mill, which employs about 500 people, lost almost a week's production due to the storm. Many were without power, water, cell phone service and internet for weeks. The mill served as a safe‐haven, providing showers and hot meals for employees and their family members.
In response to the impact of Hurricane Michael, other GP facilities sent much needed household supplies. After products were distributed to employees, they were able to assist others with hardships in the nearby communities of Blakely, Colquitt, Bainbridge and Donalsonville.
While assisting the community, the Cedar Springs mill learned of a need for boxes, a necessity in delivering relief kits to the elderly in the Blakely area. The team at GP's corrugated plant in Albany stepped right up to the plate and personally donated, assembled and delivered the boxes.
Employees that have experienced a hardship during natural disasters can apply for a grant for financial assistance with the Koch Employee Assistance Fund. Managed by the Emergency Assistance Foundation, it also accepts direct contributions from employees. Please consider donating here ‐ all funds go directly to helping our GP colleagues.
Relief and clean‐up efforts are still ongoing. This page will continue to be updated with any additional information as it becomes available.
Update on Hurricane Michael:
GP employees didn't just ask how they could help with the relief efforts for Hurricane Michael, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Hurricane Michael was the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane to make landfall in the Florida panhandle and regions of Georgia. GP Hosford employees personally loaded a 16‐foot U-Haul with supplies purchased by Georgia‐Pacific to distribute to Liberty, Calhoun and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida. These counties are home to many of our great employees and their families.
Original article follows:
We estimate that at least several hundred employees in the path of Hurricane Michael have been affected by devastating wind, rain and flooding in Florida's panhandle and Southwest Georgia. Our thoughts are with our colleagues and their families in those areas.
Many of you have asked how GP is responding and what you can do to help.
In response to natural disasters, the Koch Employee Assistance Fund was created a few years ago to aid employees Koch‐wide who have suffered losses. Managed by the Emergency Assistance Foundation, it also accepts direct contributions from employees. Please consider donating here – all funds go directly to helping our GP colleagues. Employees who have experienced a hardship because of the disaster can apply for a grant for financial assistance on the site.
Also, GP continues to work with long-time partner and disaster relief organization, Convoy of Hope (COH), to distribute food and supplies to those on the ground who need it most. To date, GP has donated 16 truckloads of Sparkle and Angel Soft products for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Michael.