Allied Universal, a leading security and facility services company, is spotlighting eleven security professionals from the company’s branch in Puerto Rico, who volunteered to help Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian.
The employees, like many on the island of Puerto Rico, are themselves still contending with the impact of Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall in southwest Puerto Rico on Sept. 18.
“I am so honored to lead such a dedicated group of security professionals,” said Alejandro Rivera, Allied Universal, general manager. “They performed extraordinarily well under the most difficult conditions and stayed true to our values.”
While Fiona was a Category 1 hurricane compared to Category 4 Ian, Puerto Rico had never fully recovered from Hurricane Maria, which destroyed the electrical system and killed roughly 3,000 people in 2017.
Allied Universal’s 11 eleven security professionals arrived on Sept. 30 and will remain in Florida for about one week.
On the heels of experiencing Hurricane Fiona, these members of the Allied Universal Puerto Rico team are ready to help others, according to the company. During Hurricane Fiona, many security professionals remained on duty several hours beyond their scheduled shifts to ensure that their posts were covered.
“Kudos to the Puerto Rico team for their exemplary performance and continued dedication to our employees, our company and our clients,” said Steve Jones, global chairman and CEO, Allied Universal. “Despite the destruction and challenging conditions that Puerto Rico faced during Hurricane Fiona, 95% of our Puerto Rico team were able to safely report to work.”