The Danos community is helping its own in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
The company posted a news release today, sharing stories of employees helping their colleagues and co-workers in the aftermath of the storm.
Danos has around 2,300 employees and roughly 875 of them life in the disaster area, as declared by FEMA.
Nearly 250 employees suffered significant storm damage, some with devastating outcomes.
After the storm, Danos employees jumped into action, showing up and helping their teammates as best as they could. Employees from outside of the disaster after even came in to lend a hand to their co-workers – many of whom they had never even met.
“I’m so inspired by it,” said CEO Paul Danos. “Our people are giving their time and resources to help one another. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. Many of our teammates were hurting and in despair, and their colleagues arrived on their doorsteps ready to help.”
In Lafayette, Danos Operations Manager Brady Hebert organized a team of employees to help deliver critical supplies, clean yards and muck and gut homes of employees who were in need of assistance.
One of those employees was Rocky Kiffe who sustained severe damage from the storm.
Kiffe, an account manager for Danos, said he didn't know where to start in his home repairs and figured the process would take weeks or months.
In 4 hours, the crew had made a huge difference.
“My back patio and yard looked like a war zone," Kiffe said. "I didn’t know where to start or even how to find the willpower to begin. It was pretty devastating. Then a team of angels showed up in little Larose, LA. In four hours, they accomplished what would have taken me a month! Even one of the owners of the company was helping to pick up debris in my yard. Want to work for a great company who says they care and actually proves it? Come work for Danos. I hope I never have to work for anyone else for the rest of my life.”
In addition to the group in Lafayette, Purchasing Manager Michael Berger and Asset Manager Amanda Worrell organized supplies like water, fuel and generators for employees in need, while also coordinating distribution.
In the aftermath of the storm, Danos CARES, an arm of the Danos Foundation, has raised more than $120,000 to employees who were impacted by the storm.
“There has been an outpouring of support from and for our team. A true demonstration of what caring for one another looks like in action,” said Paul Danos.
An employee-driven initiative, Danos CARES was created by and is funded by Danos employees through voluntary donations along with a matching donation from the company. Funds are distributed to Danos employees who have needs arising from unexpected events.