G4S Guam employees live our values in wake of typhoon Mawar
Typhoon Mawar, a Category 4 cyclone, battered the islands of Guam and Rota for over 18 hours with heavy rains and winds peaking around 250 kilometres per hour on 24 May. The strongest typhoon to strike the islands in 20 years, Mawar downed trees, toppled signs, tore off roofs, flooded homes and knocked out electricity and running water for the entire island leaving residents and businesses in the dark and without running water for days, even weeks.
Nearly a month after the typhoon battered Guam, many employee homes remain without power and many sustained major damage. Power outages are frequent and 15% of the island remains without running water.
Despite these challenges, the G4S Guam team stepped up to the challenges by putting our values into action and staying true to our purpose There for youⓇ — Serving and safeguarding customers, communities and people around the world:
- Agile and Caring: In preparation for a potential storm during the leasing process, the G4S Guam leadership team had infrastructure put in place for a men’s and women’s shower room and a washer and dryer. When heavy wind and rain died down following Typhoon Mawar, a washer / dryer combo unit was installed in the company office affording employees the opportunity to sign up to do their laundry in shifts to ensure they had clean clothes and uniforms, and a place to shower.
- Caring and Teamwork: G4S teams in Guam and in the CNMI have delivered food, water, uniforms and other supplies to employees in Guam and Rota who were affected by the typhoon.
- Caring: After being displaced from her home because of the storm, Mary Borja and her son who also works for G4S started living out of her car. G4S provided Mary with canned food and drinking water, and the team helped her apply for relief via the G4S Employees’ Trust Fund, which provides financial assistance to employees in need.
- Reliable: Despite the lack of basic services and limited food, water and fuel supplies, G4S employees worked their entire shifts.
The actions of our G4S Guam & CNMI employees are a reminder that our corporate values are more than just words on a page. They are a guide for how we should treat each other, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
G4S is committed to helping its employees get back on their feet as quickly as possible. The company has set up a number of resources to help employees with their recovery, including financial assistance, counselling and other services. Our thoughts are with all our Guam and Rota team members during this difficult time.
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