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Unfortunately victims of sandy are getting a lot of help from individuals and large organizations in fact our parent company news court donated a million dollars for assistance Internet giant AOL is also contributing big time.
There's CEO Tim Armstrong is loaded up to eighteen wheelers with supplies.
Send them up the East Coast to help those who needed it the most and Tim Armstrong is here now.
I'm Tim what if your -- -- out there are things getting better.
-- we are recover local product called pop star com which covers on 900 communities in the US about 329.
Of them have been in zones hit by sandy.
We have all 400 people on the ground in those communities are covering editorial and advertising and that does every other week last week -- a lot of notes from people saying they're out of diapers right baby formula and cleaning products.
So on Saturday morning a group of AOL or self organized -- end -- being about 500 people plus her family showed up at our Dulles facility.
And our Baltimore facility and I went down a couple other executives went down.
We organize some trucks to come eighteen wheelers we went to Costco and a number of other of our providers bought as much as we possibly could.
And those 218 wheelers -- on the road right now heading to New Jersey and Long Island and they have about 15100 boxes in them for 3000 it was total.
No it's wonderful to see that people want to get involved -- wanna help what do you think of the response from the government so far because you know for example as you know as a big controversy here in New York last week that.
We in the media we're hearing from people on Staten Island saying.
There is no one here we are desperate for help in the Red Cross is not here you know they did that people that are you see I'm -- giving out help are not here what do you think the response so.
I think the response from the government one is you was an information provider -- we actually hear directly from the people on the ground or give me an example this would the government probably doesn't get as quickly as.
We had a lot of plan to go to a couple different towns we're gonna start off from brick New Jersey.
We've got an -- letter from our local weather an email saying we actually are okay on supplies you can actually go to another town now.
My guess is we get that instantaneously as we have people on the ground if you don't have people on the ground who can communicate that quickly supplies little wrong places and it takes more time I think.
This is an area where private companies News Corp.
AOL are companies actually step -- as we have so much information so I I think the government's further information gaps sometimes.
I would say -- -- should cost.
See their essential thing no one because they're supposed to be out -- responding in helping people -- Only give you one example Bonecardi annoyed I've heard from the president of the Red Cross in the tristate area and I think the Red Cross is somebody's specifically that's how very very thoroughly throw these communities doing stuff.
We've seen a lot of FEMA people out in the towns.
One of the things I think is a better private public partnership on these items and I think there's there are certain organizations that are reaching out -- -- and we're working with a very closely.
Some are due to their credit some of the -- and in some in New Jersey for instance.
He's holding press conferences on -- to basically communicate with residents directly and I think that's the type of public private thing that will enhance that -- -- efforts.
So would do that for free going forward I mean if there were some sort of partnership where they said you know we're great -- delivering stuff but we're not creating getting the information and figuring out where it is I mean is there -- role for sort of maybe yet to come together and and provide some sort of free emergency service.
I think there is as usual for this amended the example of what -- -- provided these -- as we've done 141000.
Sandy articles just in the towns affected by -- in the last eight days.
And we've had seven or 101000 people upload videos photos of real time what's happening yeah you can imagine if we partnered with local governments to actually -- change they look at two years time and happy -- I think it would be incredibly powerful and also just take a step back -- I think one of things that's been nice about the -- talked to.
Major CPG companies major retail companies to help us get this effort together.
There I have and I've heard doc from every single one of their CEOs -- other executive -- who want to help so I think one thing that's out there is a huge propensity for corporations.
To want to helping these situations that government and private corporations.
Coming closer together help would be knowingly that would be it.
Great -- and a good positive to come out of this -- corporations are -- position house it would be great we can figure out a way to do it effectively fixed coming -- we as years' time.
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