The Cisco Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants for Hurricane Harvey and Irma disaster response. FEATURE
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The Cisco Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants for Hurricane Harvey and Irma disaster response.

The devastation from the recent disasters of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the earthquakes in Mexico will no doubt last months if not years. Millions of people throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico have been affected and are just beginning the recovery process.

Cisco is committed to helping those who have lost so much in the form of grants, employee matching campaigns, as well as technology and communications support  with Cisco TacOps

Cisco Foundation Grants

With so much work to rebuild and the need to help so many, the Cisco Foundation has committed a total of $500,000 in grants to the American Red Cross and NetHope.

·      $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey

·      $150,000 to the American Red Cross split between Hurricane Irma US and Caribbean disaster response

·      $100,000 to NetHope for response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

Cisco employees

The Cisco Foundation is also matching Cisco employees' eligible donations. To date, more than 3,000 Cisco employees donated to various non-profits, totaling more than $500,000. Together with the match, Cisco has raised $1,014,049 for hurricane relief efforts in the United States and the Caribbean, and $34,358 for Mexico earthquake relief efforts.

Cisco employees can go here to get the match.

Cisco TacOps

Cisco TaccOps is a highly skilled dedicated team that can respond to disasters when normal communications infrastructure has been degrade or destroyed. The team is in touch with national, state and local government agencies, service providers, and other critical infrastructure and NGO partners throughout the southeastern US as well as the Caribbean. They continue to respond to requests for assistance, and are sending equipment to help reestablish communication in the hardest hit areas. 

It is clear when people are in need, Cisco employees are ready to answer the call. Rick Snyder, a Cisco Senior Vice President based out of Raleigh North Carolina saw first hand how employees and partners teamed up to give back to those in need. "I am so proud of our Cisco employees and our partners, and I am truly inspired by their acts of kindness, love and support," Snyder said. The combined team boxed 25,000 pounds of food, packed meals, and unloaded two 18 wheelers for donation drop-offs.

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Liza Meak is a Manager of Social Media Communications at Cisco. She writes and produces content for The Network, Cisco's technology news site.