Our thoughts go out to those affected by severe tornadoes that devastated several communities in Alabama. During this difficult time of rebuilding, we are strongly committed to helping our customers and employees with personal needs and restoration efforts. To aid in this, Comcast announced today a quarter of a million dollars in contributions to several charities engaged in disaster relief efforts. The donations include: $200,000 to The Governor's Emergency Relief Fund; $25,000 to the American Red Cross; and, $25,000 to one of its local chapters, the Red Cross of West Alabama.
We are proud to support these organizations that continue to work tirelessly day and night to aid families in responding to the destructive tornado outbreak that left thousands without homes.
"Comcast is a true example of corporate citizenship of the highest order, and we are humbled by the charitable gift that will help get the necessary supplies and relief to our fellow citizens so they can recover and rebuild their lives after the tornado outbreak," said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley during a check presentation. "I appreciate the generosity of Comcast and their commitment to Alabama families."
Homer Butler, Executive Director of the United Way of West Alabama, attended the check presentation and stated, "Comcast and the United Way of West Alabama have a longstanding relationship. Comcast has been very supportive of the United Way of West Alabama and its programs. We are very grateful to Comcast for making such funds available for the recovery efforts in our area. The tornadoes caused tremendous devastation and this gift will be used to help many families. Thank you," remarked Butler.
Comcast and its local employees have been working around the clock to restore communication services to affected markets throughout Northern Alabama and the Southeast resulting in services being restored to the vast majority of customers. Although system damage continues to be assessed in the most devastated areas, plans for rebuilding are well underway. Comcast has been making infrastructure repairs to maintain communication services in those areas hardest hit by these tragic storms.
Additionally, we want to help our customers stay in close contact with loved ones during this difficult time. Comcast has established two disaster relief communication centers in Tuscaloosa, Ala. These Centers will enable local residents, whose services were affected by the storm, access to Comcast High-Speed Internet services and Comcast Digital Voice, to make local, long distance and some international calls, all free of charge.
We are committed to the rebuilding efforts in Alabama and keep everyone impacted by these tragic events in our thoughts.