iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. businesses ranging from Tesla to Amazon to breweries both large and small have stepped in to offer help to victims of Hurricane Florence.
Anheuser-Busch is sending more than 300,000 cans of drinking water in six truckloads to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, the company said in a press release. MillerCoors donated 80 pallets of water from its brewery in Virginia to American Red Cross shelters in the region, the company said.
Smaller breweries are also joining in. Blue Blaze Brewing, which brews 5,000 barrels a year in Charlotte, North Carolina, filled its tanks with drinking water and sterilized its kegs for anyone, including from restaurants and other businesses, who may need to take a keg of fresh water. Charlotte is a couple of hours inland and out of the storm’s direct path, but is expected to get flooding.
“We wanted to be able to provide the community with fresh water in case of flooding, power outages, or downed trees, because the stores have run out,” Blue Blaze owner Craig Nunn told ABC News. He said his company was preparing especially for needs early next week “when what everybody’s bought runs out, if there’s still infrastructure issues.”
Two other North Carolina breweries — The Dreamchaser’s Brewery and Resident Culture Brewing Co. –- are doing the same thing.
Further up the coast in New Jersey, Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City opened its doors to let Hurricane Florence evacuees stay for free.
Amazon is also stepping in to help. It debuted a new Alexa donations feature, which enables customers to donate to the Red Cross by saying: “Alexa, donate to Hurricane Florence disaster relief.”
Offline, the company has prepped 40 of its warehouses east of the Mississippi with Amazon-donated products that can be shipped as needed. The company, which recently hit a $1 trillion valuation, also donated 100,000 food items and more than 30,000 bottles of water to Feeding America, Amazon announced in a blog post.
Tesla is helping its owners by expanding the battery capacity for affected customers until mid-October. The eligible Model S and Model X vehicles with 40kWh, 60kWh and 70kWh batteries will have their capacity expanded to 60kWh or 75kWh in the affected areas, according to a company spokesman.
In addition, Tesla has opened up all of its express-charging stations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia to allow free charging of its cars.
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