It’s been three months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the U.S. territory’s power grid. It could be many more months before electricity is fully restored to the island’s inhabitants—over 90 percent remain without power.
Enter Crawford & Company®, Safe America Foundation, and the “Cooking Can”: a portable, non-electronic device that will help Puerto Rican families return to normal cooking habits while utilities are restored on the island.
Prior to its deployment in Puerto Rico, Safe America showcased the Cooking Can, manufactured by Glatt Stove of Mexico City, on Capitol Hill, advocating for its potential merits as a disaster-relief tool. “Thanks to this inventive device, we’re able to expedite the return to warm food—and help people return to a more normal eating pattern,” said Safe America CEO Len Pagano.
Safe America, a nonprofit headquartered near Atlanta, partners with corporate, government, and public and private sector organizations to save and improve lives by promoting safety education and emergency preparedness. The foundation called upon Crawford to provide funds for distributing 1,000 Cooking Cans in Puerto Rico.
Thanks to this partnership, Safe America was able to rush the shipment of devices to the American Red Cross for distribution—along with enough fuel to cook for 30 days.
Crawford’s involvement with Safe America underscores its already robust presence in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Several months ago, an induction center for new adjusters was set up in San Juan, and continued efforts from across our business lines work in concert to bring routine back to the island, one claim at a time.
“We hope Crawford & Company’s initial effort will inspire others to make donations that help restore normalcy to Puerto Rico,” noted Crawford CEO Harsha V. Agadi. “Crawford’s mission is to restore and enhance lives, businesses and communities, so when this request came in, the alignment with our vision made it an easy yes. As our team continues to work on the ground managing claims, we’re grateful to play a small part in also seeing that a few more families are able to share a warm meal together – especially as the holiday season approaches.”