Security Industry Responds to Katrina

Industry pours out its energy and heart to help those in need


Mark Serbanic, a regional vice president of the Louisiana Burglar and Fire Alarm Association writes in from Natchitoches, La., reports the following: "(1)Merlin Guilbeau with the NBFAA is working with LBFAA and other members to help place affected industry employees. They need homes and jobs. All techs are licensed through the state background checks and NTS certification and required CEU's annually. (2) A list of all licensed companies for the New Orleans area was sent to NBFAA including fire, security, locksmiths, sprinkler and CCTV. (3) My company Brown's Security in Natchitoches, La., has modified an equipment trailer to aid in moving affected employees and companies. (4) Some of us have opened our homes to refugees from the area. We as an association are still discussing ways to help our fellow trade associates."

Guillermo Diaz, the dealer development manager for Tyco in Latin America and the Carribean, notes that the company is donating $500K to the American Red Cross, and that for every dollar a Tyco employee donate to any charity organization, the corporation will match the exact amount to that organization in order to contribute with the cause. Diaz adds that a fund was also created for the Tyco employees affected by the hurricane. Tyco CEO Ed Breen has sent a note to all employees encouraging their support.

Donald Soper reports that Wells Fargo will be attempting to contribute $1 million to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The company will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and will match team-member contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000, for a potential total of $1 million.

A hotline has been established for SimplexGrinnell employees affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Those employees can call 1.888.222.1557. The company lost its New Orleans office in the Katrina aftermath.

The Gilbertson Group, a commercial fire and security systems integrator in Pennsylvania, has donated $500 and promises that more is on the way.

Safety Vision in Houston, Texas, has become a designated donation drop point for the American Red Cross. The company is also matching employee contributions, which Safety Vision's John Major now reports is pushing $10,000.

Global Security Associates (GSA), a global aviation and executive protection security firm, has noted that it is working to support businesses in the Hurricane Katrina-affected areas with additional safety and security services.

Fargo, known for its card printing technology, is sponsoring a "Spare Change Program" which will support the American Red Cross. Donation jars have been placed at the company's front reception desk and in the manufacturing area. Spare change brought in over the next week will be donated on the company’s behalf next Friday, Sept. 9, says Fargo's Sharon Steinhoff Smith.

Honeywell reports that it is donating $500,000 according to PR representative Nikki Reed.

Blackwater, best known for its tactical services operatives in Iraq, has donated aerial support to the New Orleans area.

GE as a whole (not just the security group) is donating roughly $18 million to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Galaxy Control Systems' COO Rick Fournier reports the following, "We at Galaxy Control Systems are offering to do our part to help in the relief efforts. For every access controller sold and delivered in the month of September, we will donate 5% of the sale to the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. This includes the Satellite and the complete line of the System Galaxy units."

We know there are more companies out there making donations in effort and funds to the Katrina relief response. Whether your company was affected by the storm itself or is helping with donations of funds or equipment, please email us at editor@securityinfowatch.com and advise to what you're doing. We'll add your response to this list. Thanks again for all you're doing.