From the beginning, EquipmentShare made a commitment to always put people first — whether that means customers or employees. It is a part of our culture to treat each person as individuals and not as numbers or obstacles. When bad things happen we don’t just write a check and call it a day - we jump in, get involved and work together to solve problems. That commitment didn’t waiver even when the news of a tropical storm that had the potential to rival Hurricane Katrina was making its way to the gulf.
In late August 2021, Hurricane Ida, a category four hurricane that became the second-most damaging and intense storm to make landfall in Louisiana — second only to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — struck the New Orleans area. Widespread flooding and damage affected thousands of businesses, communities and people, including our own EquipmentShare team members.
“Our top priority is people and serving those living in the impacted communities,” Nick Guthrie, vice president of operations, said. “We provide meals and water —whatever it takes to get the community relief from the storms.”
EquipmentShare teams in region seven, which covers Baton Rouge and New Orleans, came together to help those in need. Several members from Corporate in Columbia, Mo., also traveled to Louisiana to assist in some of the recovery efforts distributing essentials, food and equipment:
Whether it’s just another day at the jobsite or the day after a hurricane hits, we have our customers and communities in need covered. By thinking quickly, taking action and putting people first, we can make a real difference in the face of disaster and in the lives of others.
Thank you to our team members for being the very best of what EquipmentShare represents!