Join Hikvision in Helping Families Rebuild after Hurricane Maria

Hikvision North America will be joining other security industry companies from Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2018 to work alongside local volunteers, helping American families affected by Hurricane Maria to rebuild their homes.

Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico one year ago, devastating the island and leaving tens of thousands of citizens without everyday necessities such as clean water, reliable sources of food, and electricity.

The security industry group will work with this local family of seven to rebuild the back wall of their home and repair the roof. A tree fell on the family's house during the hurricane destroying most of the rear of the building, and damaging the metal roof, so it leaks whenever it rains.

Mission 500, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis, is organizing the trip. This is the organization’s third annual service trip.

"This corporate social responsibility effort aligns perfectly with Hikvision's corporate mission of providing security for families and communities," said Alex Asnovich, Head of Global Public Affairs and Senior Director, Marketing Hikvision North America. "Hikvision is proud to participate with others in the security industry and Mission 500 to give back and make a positive difference in peoples' lives."  

The Hikvision team has raised $2,150 for the service trip as of this blog posting. Hikvision partners who are interested in supporting the Mission 500 team are invited to donate to the Team Hikvision fundraising page here.

A New York Times story published on Sept. 20, 2018, one year after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, details a lack of access to water, as well as extensive damage in homes, including leaking roofs, windows and walls in two Punta Santiago neighborhoods, where journalists visited 163 homes.

From the article: “Anyone flying into Puerto Rico can look out the airplane window and see the patchwork of blue tarps covering homes, installed as temporary protection from the elements. There are still at least 60,000 of them, he said. Permanent replacements are just what they were a year ago: pending.”

For more information about the event, visit the Mission 500 event page here.

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