When natural disasters hit and power is lost, Duracell helps communities by delivering batteries where they are needed most.
Last week, the Duracell PowerForward team left Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire for Puerto Rico to distribute more than $1 million worth of free batteries and offer free mobile charging.
“We at Duracell have been moved by the resilience of those in Puerto Rico. Through our PowerForward initiative, a program I am most humbled and proud to be a part of, we will be distributing more than $1 million worth of batteries to local residents over the next month or more,” said Ramon Velutini, Vice President of Marketing at Duracell.
“Trusted power is absolutely critical following widespread power outages caused by storms like Hurricane Maria, and we will be offering free Duracell batteries to help residents stay safe and connect with their loved ones by powering mobile devices, radios and flashlights, and providing trusted power for critical medical devices like dialysis machines, hearing aids and ventilators.”
At the time of release, 89% of the island of Puerto Rico is still without power.
Duracell is working closely with the Red Cross and the office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico to determine the most in-need locations on the island. The Red Cross organization was on the ground to help load over 30 tons, or 60,000 pounds, for the Duracell PowerForward deployment beginning in San Juan on Thursday, October 12.
Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, and floods are happening more frequently every year, causing power outages for millions of people. To assist those in need and to help communities recover, Duracell created the PowerForward program.
Since 2011, Duracell PowerForward has been helping affected communities across the country by distributing free Duracell batteries, charging mobile devices, and providing internet access to those in need so they can connect with loved ones.
Started in the 1920s, the Duracell brand and company was recently acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and has grown to be the leader in the single-use battery market in North America.
Duracell brand products serve as the heart of devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles.
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