Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including the thousands of our own employees and customers, who have been impacted by the catastrophic flooding and devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. To help support those impacted by the disaster, Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to providing well over a million dollars in support of Houston-area relief efforts, including cash and in-kind contributions. Our owned NBC and Telemundo stations have set up local phone banks and are hosting telethons to raise awareness on how communities can help. Also, numerous NBCUniversal talent have been getting behind the cause both on-air and on social media to spread the word on how people can support Houston.
The one million commitment includes a cash contribution of $500,000 that will be shared between Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the American Red Cross. Additionally, the company will donate advertising time on our cable systems to these organizations to run public service announcements to help educate concerned citizens about how they can assist with flood relief efforts.
Comcast NBCUniversal’s pledge is another step in the company’s commitment to providing a combination of financial and additional resources to assist with the relief efforts in Houston. This past weekend, Comcast opened 53,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots around the Houston area to help residents and emergency workers, whether they are an Xfinity customer or not, to connect during Hurricane Harvey.
The outpouring of support from our employees across the country has been tremendous. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the storm, and we will continue to identify more ways that we will give back as rebuilding efforts begin.