With the effects of Hurricane Irma still being felt, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is donating five new Kawasaki MULE utility vehicles toward relief efforts in the Southeast United States.
“With Hurricane Irma coming right on the heels of all of the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, everyone at Kawasaki is prepared to support those most recently impacted,” said Yoshi Tamura, Kawasaki President and CEO. “We have seen how the Kawasaki MULE vehicles are assisting support teams, families, and our dealers in repairing their homes and businesses in Texas and we will extend that assistance to those now affected in Florida and the rest of the Southeast U.S.”
Many Kawasaki dealers have immediately begun loaning MULE utility vehicles to local relief organizations and the Kawasaki regional office in Atlanta, Georgia is ready to assist our vast dealer network. In addition, Kawasaki will continue a corporate donation-matching program for employees at all of its U.S. locations. The company will match all individual donations from $30 to $500 made to non-profit organizations. So far, Kawasaki has donated a combined total of more than $150,000 to hurricane relief efforts.
As the Kawasaki MULE reached its 30th anniversary of production, it has also been the choice for infrastructure projects and emergency response for those three decades, since first being introduced in 1988 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Used by police, fire and EMT departments across the country, the versatility of these lightweight, four-wheeled vehicles is coupled to their capacity to hold six passengers and unique ability to traverse rugged terrain, such as the debris from this natural disaster. They are able to reach hard-hit areas that traditional vehicles cannot. Combined with a tilting cargo bed capable of holding a large payload, the MULE is well suited for removing storm wreckage or hauling new construction materials or emergency supplies into hard-hit areas.