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Companies stepping up to help after Hurricane Delta

Delta remains a major category 3 hurricane as Louisiana braces for impact
Posted at 12:09 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 10:21:42-04

Companies based in Louisiana and also those doing business here are stepping up with donations and services to help those affected by Hurricane Delta.

Coastal residents were just beginning to recover from Hurricane Laura when Hurricane Delta hit - bringing more damage and flooding to those still reeling from the previous storm.

To help, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing up to $500,000 to support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and SBP USA, a relief organization born out of Hurricane Katrina. This builds upon a previous commitment of up to $2.5 million made in response to Hurricane Laura bringing the cumulative total to up to $3 million to help the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Walmart has long been committed to supporting the communities they serve in their greatest time of need, and the company hopes these donations will help aid in the recovery of friends and neighbors in the states most affected by the hurricanes.

In the wake of Hurricane Delta, Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today pledges $100,000 to assist communities in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas in recovering from back-to-back hurricanes. This builds on a $500,000 pledge by the Sempra Energy Foundation toward recovery efforts after Hurricane Laura struck the region in August.

“Hurricane Delta has multiplied the hardship on Gulf Coast communities, including families and small businesses still recovering from Hurricane Laura and suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lisa Alexander, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Sempra Energy. “We are committed to strengthening communities where Sempra Energy operates and know these funds will provide much-needed support, particularly to the resilient people of Southwest Louisiana.”

Together with the previous pledge from the Sempra Energy Foundation and generous commitments from Sempra Energy partners, this additional pledge from Sempra Energy will help families and small businesses repair damage caused by flooding and sustained winds. Together, these commitments will help speed the recovery of property for those hit hard from back-to-back storms on top of an economic recession. Sempra Energy, the Sempra Energy Foundation and Sempra LNG will engage community partners and local government in the Gulf Coast to help identify areas of need and distribute the funds.

Over the last three years Sempra Energy, Sempra LNG and the Sempra Energy Foundation have committed more than $3.5 million to nonprofit organizations providing services in Texas and Louisiana.

Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Sempra LNG, owns 50.2% of the Cameron LNG export facility, located in Hackberry, Louisiana, in addition to other operational facilities in Cameron, Calcasieu and Beauregard Parishes. Additionally, Sempra LNG is pursuing development of the proposed Port Arthur LNG export project in Jefferson County, Texas, a project that would make Texas LNG available to world markets while creating thousands of jobs and supporting the local economy. Sempra Energy has been operating in Texas for more than 20 years.

Regions Bank on Tuesday, October 13, announced a series of financial services, including payment extensions and the waiving of certain fees, to help people and businesses in portions of Louisiana1 that were impacted by Hurricane Delta.

“In addition to the services we’re announcing today, Regions Bank is ready to offer financial advice and guidance based on our experience with disaster recovery,” said Steve Nivet, regional consumer banking executive for Regions Bank. “We encourage clients to visit our branches, consult or give us a call to let us know about your individual needs. We have worked with clients through many natural disasters, including Hurricanes Laura and Sally. And we are here – ready to serve – as we recover from Hurricane Delta together.”

Disaster-recovery financial services available for a limited time in impacted areas1 include:

  • No check-cashing fee will be assessed for FEMA-issued checks cashed at Regions branches in impacted areas.2
  • Regions will waive or refund fees charged by non-Regions ATMs for bank clients in impacted areas for 15 days beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13.3
  • Regions will waive ATM surcharge fees for non-Regions clients using the bank’s ATMs in impacted areas for 15 days beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13.4
  • One penalty-free CD withdrawal is available.5
  • A 0.50% interest rate discount is available on new personal unsecured loans.6
  • Payment extensions are available for current credit card holders. People in affected areas can contact Regions to discuss individual needs.7
  • Regions Mortgage Disaster Relief purchase and renovation loan programs are available.
  • Business loan payment deferrals will be available for up to 90 days beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13.7
  • Personal and business loan payment assistance is available.

Recovery information is available through the Disaster Resource Center on

Also, for questions regarding a mortgage, clients may call Regions’ mortgage hotline at 1-800-986-2462. For assistance regarding home equity and other consumer loans, clients may call 1-866-298-1113. A dedicated team is available at 1-800-411-9393 to help with other questions and concerns regarding banking needs.

General account services are available at any time via and the updated Regions mobile app.