Hurricane Harvey brought back strong memories for many of our Baton Rouge employees. Having experienced the devastation from the Flood of 2016 last August, our Baton Rouge employees were eager to return the support received from our Turner family in Texas. In that spirit, a cleaning station with two stand-up showers, two hot water heaters, two washing machines, and dryers were installed in an empty Sea Can by employees from Turner’s Baton Rouge Equipment Yard. The cleaning station along with pallets of water, ice chests filled with ice and supplies for sandwiches, box fans, dehumidifiers, gallons of mold spray, shop vacuums, one-gallon sprayers, generators, and gas cans were then delivered to Houston and Beaumont by two tractor trailers.
As they’ve done many times before, Turner employees across the Gulf South, rallied together to provide support for their co-workers and their communities. In Corpus Christi, employees set up a cooking station at Ingleside Fire Department along with first responders, police departments and local citizens and provided food for 500 people. In Houston, employees set up a tent and cooked jambalaya for 1,500 people in an effort put together through social media. Donations of household necessities and cases of water were accepted at the event allowing many to pick up needed items. The League City Fire Department and the Houston Police department took part in supporting the event. In the Baton Rouge area, employees held lunch and dinner fundraisers and raised over $5,000 for co-workers.
Immediately after the hurricane, employees in affected areas were sent a Hurricane Survey via email and/or text using Turner’s Blackboard Connect system. This effective communication system enabled Turner to make sure employees were accounted for, and survey responses allowed the matching of needs to available resources.
“We know the recovery process will be long and this is just the beginning, but we are committed to providing support where we can to members of our Turner family, our clients and other affected neighbors,” said Thomas Turner, vice chairman and president.