Anheuser-Busch has helped disaster victims since 1906, when Adolphus Busch donated funds to help San Francisco earthquake victims. When disasters strike, Anheuser-Busch and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation are ready to be part of the recovery by providing a helping hand to our friends in their time of need.
Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has packaged more than 72 million cans of fresh drinking water and donated it to emergency relief organizations following natural disasters.
- In 2012, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 1.4 million cans of water in more than 11 U.S. states to support disaster relief related to tornadoes and storms, wildfires and floods affecting 27 communities.
- In 2011, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 1.8 million cans of water in more than 15 U.S. states to support disaster relief related to tornadoes and storms, wildfires and floods affecting 43 communities.
- In 2010, Anheuser-Busch donated approximately 850,000 cans of drinking water for U.S. disaster relief, including support to help people affected by water main breaks in Kentucky, winter storms in South Dakota, an oil spill in Michigan, forest fires in Colorado, and flooding in Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky and Wyoming.
- When hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, our breweries supplied 9.4 million cans of drinking water to relief agencies.
Anheuser-Busch is the founding sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program with a $2.1 million grant, and was the first company to implement it. The program helps schools and businesses with their emergency planning and preparedness efforts to help them face a number of emergencies that could disrupt their operations, ranging from natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods to outbreaks of illness such as the flu. In May 2011, the Red Cross announced the national launch of the program, with a newly designed website available at www.readyrating.org.