Valero and the Valero Energy Foundation contributed $300,000 in grants and fuel for Hurricane Laura relief to three major organizations in southeast Texas and Louisiana in 2020, helping communities with their basic needs.
For its employees, Valero responded with boots on the ground, in the form of its Post Hurricane Assistance Team (PHAT).
Valero’s Human Resources call center fielded calls from employees for assistance, and provided help with food, lodging, fuel and other personal needs. PHAT assisted 20 employees with roof repair and tarping, and debris removal, from the wind and downed trees, and even removed a trampoline from a tree. The team also prepared about 800 meals for refinery personnel.
“Valero is an amazing company to work for when it comes to hurricane response or flooding response,” said Misty Ray, an Operator at the Port Arthur refinery, who said the company immediately arranged for a hotel where she could stay as the storm approached. And when she returned home, a PHAT crew already was clearing limbs and debris.
“I feel truly blessed that these guys were able to show up so fast and come all the way from San Antonio just to help us out,” she said. “It takes a lot pressure off of people.”