Polaris donates power generators for tornado relief efforts

Publish Date: 
May 2, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - To aid Salvation Army disaster relief work in the South after tornadoes ripped through dozens of communities in the South, Polaris announced that it donated "several pallets" of Digital Inverter Generators for recharging communication devices.

The generators were reportedly shipped this week to the Salvation Army's disaster relief central facility in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrible storms that wreaked havoc throughout the South,” said Scott Wine, Polaris chief executive officer. “In such difficult times, the relief efforts orchestrated by the Salvation Army create a lifeline that brings food, clothing, and other essentials to those desperately in need. Coordinating the deployment of those resources is a Herculean task requiring reliable communications and with the donation of these generators, we are proud to assist the Salvation Army in this humanitarian mission.”

“Polaris is uniquely situated to provide first-rate equipment that will literally be life-changing in times of disaster,” said Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army commander in Minnesota and North Dakota. “In the past, we have relied upon Ham Radio operators, and while those are still important, the use of cell phones and radios are what give each disaster relief member a connection to the response. Communications is essential and can make or break our efforts.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Donors are encouraged to give online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*