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Recovery efforts fully underway at DuPont after passage of Ike

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Sep '08
With Hurricane Ike recovery efforts fully underway, our thoughts are with the people in the region whose lives have been disrupted and who have suffered such loss.

At DuPont, safety is a core value and emergency planning is a critical factor in the safety of DuPont employees and sites. The safety and well-being of DuPont employees and their families is our top priority. All 2,300 DuPont employees in the area affected by the storm have been accounted for and are safe.

We have emergency responders with equipment and humanitarian supplies on location at three DuPont sites, each capable of feeding 1,000 people per day. We are also providing temporary housing for employees and their families made homeless by the storm. At DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Del., crisis teams are actively working to support DuPont sites along the Gulf Coast.

In advance of Hurricane Ike, nine DuPont manufacturing sites, one agricultural research site and one office location were shut down. Of the nine manufacturing sites shut down, Corpus Christi and Houston Powder Coatings are now operational.

Victoria, Baytown and Bayport are close to restart, contingent on restoration of power, delivery of raw materials, infrastructure and logistical considerations, and getting production teams in place. LaPorte, Beaumont and the Houston Manufacturing site are making good progress toward restart as teams at those facilities deal with issues related to wind damage and storm surge.

Based on preliminary assessments of storm surge damage, it is not clear when restart will occur at DuPont's Sabine facility in Orange, Texas. The company has declared “force majeure” for its ethylene copolymers business. DuPont is working closely with its customers to lessen the impact on their businesses. Our Taft agricultural research facility and our Cypress Station offices are also operational.

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