As a member of the Oklahoma community, TransCanada extends its condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the powerful storms that struck the Oklahoma City area on May 20.
We are proud to help support the relief efforts in a small way through a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross, the nation’s premier emergency response organization, in support of emergency response and preparedness in the Central Oklahoma region.
“TransCanada is focusing on the communities that were impacted and working with local officials to determine what assistance we may be able to provide to residents who have experienced such great loss,” said Rod Savely, area manager with TransCanada’s ANR natural gas pipeline system in Oklahoma.
Jon Case, a TransCanada field work planner who grew up in the area, added: “This is my home and it means a lot to me that TransCanada is reaching out to help.”
Construction and operations crews were evacuated from TransCanada’s Keystone Cushing Terminal site on May 20 after the deadly tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, about 75 miles south and west of the Cushing Terminal. Thankfully, all of our employees and contractors are safe and our operations were not affected by the storms.
TransCanada is also encouraging employees throughout North America to donate to the American Red Cross. Donations made by U.S. employees will be matched 100 percent by the company through our Empower employee giving program. The donations are intended to aid in the development of infrastructure for future emergency response and preparedness in the Midwest tornado belt.
TransCanada’s ongoing community investment efforts in Oklahoma support the continued development of tools and resources to safeguard the local communities so they can thrive.
Helping community get back on its feet
On May 25, TransCanada U.S. Oil Operations employees Jon Case, Sam Malawey and Sam Brown partnered with the local chapter of the Red Cross to cook and serve food for more than 500 volunteers who spent their Saturday cleaning up debris from tornado activity in Lincoln County, Okla.
TransCanada has an excellent working relationship with the Lincoln County Emergency Planning Committee through our Keystone Pipeline operations near Cushing, Okla. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work helping the community get back on its feet! Watch a local TV story about the cleanup here.
Ready to cook: TransCanada partnered with the local chapter of the Red Cross in Lincoln County, Okla., to cook and serve food to more than 500 volunteers who spent the day cleaning up tornado debris on May 25. Oklahoma employee Jon Case (above) readies TransCanada’s custom-built barbecue for the job.