In the wake of devastating flooding, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is working with the insurance industry and disaster relief agencies to help meet the transportation needs of Louisiana residents and first responders traveling to the region.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation — the philanthropic arm of the Enterprise brand — also is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, water, and supplies for residents in the affected areas.
“Communication and cooperation are key in overwhelming situations like these,” said Mike Edwards, general manager and vice president for Enterprise Holdings, which operates National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car in southern Louisiana. “After a catastrophic event, there’s an urgent and immediate need to support disaster relief teams as they lead clean-up and repair efforts.”
Enterprise already has deployed more than 3,500 vehicles into affected portions of Louisiana to aid in the recovery process, according to the company.
“We are coordinating with operations in neighboring states and shipping rental vehicles into southern Louisiana as quickly as possible,” said Edwards. “We work directly with our insurance industry partners to coordinate and process information for the benefit of our mutual customers. We also are in direct contact with relief agencies so vehicles are ready and waiting for them to fan out across the affected parishes.”
Each regional Enterprise operation, including the one in southern Louisiana, has an Emergency Action Plan that focuses on how branch offices communicate with each other when disasters strike to ensure that the right number and types of vehicles are available where needed most, according to the company.