OEMs in the powersports industry have stepped up to help those affected by last week’s tornado in Oklahoma. Honda, Kawasaki and Polaris have each announced efforts to aid in relief.
Honda has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross-Disaster Relief Fund and will donate portable generators to local relief agencies. American Honda Finance Corporation has also announced plans to provide extensions of loan payments, waivers of late charges and other services to customers affected by the storms as appropriate.
"Honda wants to support the many individuals and families devastated by the recent tornados in the Midwest," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and chief executive officer of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of Honda's North American region. "As we have responded to past natural disasters, supporting the Red Cross and other local relief agencies is an effective way to quickly help those affected by the storms."
Kawasaki Motors Corp, U.S.A. is donating 10 new Mule 4010 Trans4x4 Diesel and Teryx4 750 4x4 utility vehicles to local governments, police and fire agencies in Oklahoma. The company is also matching employee donations of $30-$500 to the Red Cross and other non-profit relief organizations.
“The devastation inflicted on the Oklahoma City area by this massively destructive tornado is not going to be repaired overnight, and the team at Kawasaki wants to help in any way we can,” said Tak Teranishi, Kawasaki’s president. “These vehicles are being provided immediately, to help public safety workers clear debris, patrol affected areas, assist families in the cleanup and repair of their homes, and to aid small business owners in their quests to reopen their businesses.”
Polaris announced that it is donating 10 military ATVs, Rangers and RZRs with Run-Flat and Non-Pneumatic Tires to enhance The Salvation Army’s efforts to transport food, water and other supplies to survivors. The units will be delivered free of charge from Polaris’ Osceola, Wis., plant, thanks to a donation from Bay and Bay Transport and Overbye Trucking.
“Oklahoma will rebound from this terrible tragedy, through the resiliency of its people and the assistance of organizations like The Salvation Army,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ chief executive officer. “Polaris has long supported their charitable efforts, and we hope the donation of these vehicles will assist them as they provide the affected communities with the relief they desperately need.”
To date, The Salvation Army has served more than 17,000 meals and snacks to Oklahoma tornado survivors and has provided pastoral care to about 800 people. Long-term services, such as financial assistance, stress management classes, replacement furniture and more, are in the works.