Orkin, Inc. Unifies and Responds in Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Pest Control Company Reaches Out to Employees and Other Victims
ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2005 – Orkin, Inc., the 104-year-old pest control company, is donating its time and services to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
With 227 affected employees and eight termite, pest control and commercial branches in the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina, executives at Orkin, Inc. and parent Rollins, Inc., one of North America’s largest consumer services companies, are placing their immediate focus on helping employees.
Orkin’s first initiative to its people was to dispatch two trucks on Sept. 3 with disaster relief supplies such as water, food, diapers, pet food, toiletries, generators and sleeping bags to New Orleans and Mobile for distribution, with plans to send additional truckloads of supplies as needed.
In an effort to provide employees the opportunity to contribute to rebuilding their coworkers’ lives and homes, Rollins has established the Rollins/Orkin Employee Relief Fund, a campaign enlisting its 8,000 employees to help meet the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Through the month of September, employees are encouraged to make donations to this effort. The Rollins Chairman and President have pledged to personally match all employee contributions given through September. Employees have raised more than $12,000 within just three days of the fund’s establishment and its communication. Additionally, several of the company’s vendors have committed to donating to the fund.
“In the midst of such tragedy, we are thankful and encouraged by the compassion and generosity our employees have demonstrated toward their fellow workers affected by Katrina,” said Gary Rollins, president of Rollins, Inc. and chairman of Orkin, Inc. “As a service company, the well being of our employees is always a top priority and especially important in these difficult times.”
In addition to providing monetary support to employees, Rollins/Orkin are providing emergency housing, compensation, and difficult-to-obtain staples for those displaced by the disaster. From the onset of the storm, Orkin branches in the Gulf Coast area opened their doors to Orkin employees seeking shelter. In the aftermath, the company is also providing transfer and relocation opportunities to those interested employees via Orkin’s more than 400 branches throughout the United States and Canada.
Reaching out to the larger, storm-ravaged community as a whole is also a priority. Representatives from Orkin are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate rodent, pest and mosquito control services in the affected areas. Orkin’s ongoing collaboration with the CDC has been very helpful in disseminating health-related information to Orkin employees who will be providing important services throughout the Gulf Coast. Orkin President Glen Rollins is currently meeting with top government officials in Baton Rouge and other affected areas concerning pest control and prevention to determine how and when Orkin’s services can best be used.
Glen Rollins responded, “We are committed as a company to using our experience and expertise to provide much-needed pest control relief in the face of this disaster. We want our employees and other hurricane victims to know that Orkin is here to help in any way that we can.”
About Orkin, Inc.
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in North America. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees in the United States and Canada serve approximately 1.7 million customers. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc., which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ROL). Learn more about Orkin by visiting www.orkin.com and www.rollins.com.