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It’s been months since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated communities in the South. Tragically, thousands of citizens are still picking up the pieces. And yet, among them were countless members of America’s energy industry who also worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger, limit the damage to affected communities, and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources.
Among those that headed the call to action were the employees at Exxon Mobile.
Exxon Mobil has been in Beaumont, Texas for more than 100 years so there is a long history of collaboration and partnership. The depth of that partnership was on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
After being notified that the city of Beaumont had lost access to their fresh water supply, the team at Exxon Mobile responded quickly and without hesitation. They provided piping and the necessary infrastructure to restore access to clean drinking water for Beaumont’s 118,000 residents.
“You got to see people’s true colors in a collaborative sense during a difficult time. People rise above those challenges and help each other out,” said Ashley Alemayehu, Public and Government Affairs Manager at Exxon Mobile. “It just feels humbling. It feels like you have a purpose. And it feels like there is good in the world.”
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