When emergencies and natural disasters strike, we’re there to support our employees.
In the last two years, the company has provided disaster relief support to employees in crisis situations. Large scale assistance included Midwest ice storms; Kentucky, Rhode Island and Tennessee flooding; and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. For employees facing extreme financial hardship, we provide assistance through Individual Disaster Relief Support. Full-time and part-time employees who are having difficulty meeting basic needs for themselves and/or their immediate families may be eligible for Disaster Relief financial support.
Our assistance included:
- Continued pay
- Allowances for severe home damage, clothing and food
- Temporary housing and cash for employees facing emergencies or crises
Haiti earthquake relief
The devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on January 12, 2010 was the most powerful quake recorded there in more than 200 years.
Gap Inc. immediately partnered with the U.S. and Haitian governments to support and provide relief to the earthquake victims. Our Outlet division designed and launched a line of T-shirts made in Haiti, with 10 percent of profits donated to Mercy Corps. Additionally, Gap Inc. employees and the Gap Foundation together contributed over $360,000 to support recovery efforts through Mercy Corps.
Our San Francisco, California headquarters neighbors
A natural gas line ruptured in San Bruno, California on September 9, 2010, sparking a massive explosion and fire that killed at least four people and destroyed or damaged more than 50 homes. The devastated area did not include our nearby campus, but as neighbors, our employees were touched and they jumped into action in partnership with the local Red Cross to raise money and provide clothing for those who sustained losses in the fire.