Across the nation and around the world, natural disasters are a fact of life. Blizzards, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires: all of these events impact urban, suburban and rural communities alike, damaging property and impacting lives and livelihoods. While rural communities are no more susceptible to disaster than their urban counterparts, smaller populations and limited resources can make recovering from such events more challenging.
Rural disaster relief has become a significant pillar of CoBank’s corporate citizenship efforts. In times of crisis, we are committed to doing our part to aid these communities as they work to rebuild and recover. CoBank has formed a strategic charitable relationship with the American Red Cross, a nonprofit organization established nearly 140 years ago. The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thanks to a wide network of volunteers, employees and donors, they are often first on the ground providing shelter, food, water, relief supplies and comfort. Since 2015, CoBank has contributed more than $1 million to the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross.
The bank also relies on, and partners with, its customers to support rural communities facing difficult circumstances. CoBank customers are members of the communities they serve. When disasters strike, they offer unique insight into the most urgent needs and can direct the bank to the organizations that are providing the most critical and immediate services. With the support of its board and executive management team, CoBank donated more than $1.1 million in 2018 to support impacted communities across the country. Though it is always our hope that this assistance will not be necessary, our customers can be assured that when the need arises, CoBank will be there.
When disasters strike, CoBank customers offer unique insight into the most urgent needs.