Compassion After Typhoon Soudelor
On August 2, 2015 Typhoon Soudelor hit the island of Saipan with high winds gusting to 105 mph impacting the entire island. Damage was widespread knocking out power and disabling the water supply. Full restoration of electricity is taking several weeks on top of a major shortage of essential consumer goods on the island.
First Hawaiian Bank made an initial donation of $25,000 to the American Red Cross of the Northern Mariana Islands to support relief efforts in Saipan. “We were very concerned for the welfare of everyone affected by this storm which has caused far more damage than initially anticipated,” said Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
American Red Cross of the Northern Mariana Islands provides shelter and relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, and mosquito nets. They assist with access to clean water and sanitation systems.
First Hawaiian Bank Family In Need
When tragedy strikes, it is rooted in First Hawaiian Bank's company culture to help fellow brothers and sisters in the First Hawaiian Bank family that are in need. Senior Vice President and Guam/CNMI Region Manager, Laura Dacanay, hand delivered several items to Saipan employees, including battery operated lanterns, fans, and batteries. Dacanay also arranged housing for two employees whose houses were destroyed during the storm.
Vice President and Area Manager, Juan Lizama, has been instrumental in the efforts to restore the water, power, and gas. Several staff members from branches in Guam flew to Saipan as volunteers to help in relief efforts for Saipan FHB employees, while other employees in Guam and in Hawaii contributed to a relief fund that provided air mattresses, bedding, mosquito coils, blue ice, clothing and flashlights to fellow colleagues devastated by the typhoon.