Comcast Taskforce Honored for Disaster Relief Efforts

When disaster struck in 2017, Comcast NBCUniversal’s HR team united to make a difference for their fellow teammates who were impacted by the record-breaking hurricanes and wildfires. They rallied together to support employees and their families who resided in the Florida, California and Texas regions, and were devastated by massive destruction as a result of the natural disasters.

As a team, Comcast NBCUniversal’s HR provided tremendous disaster relief support, which included:

  • establishing a special emergency relief benefit plan specifically designed and customizable for impacted employees and their families,

  • launching a dedicated disaster relief hub which highlighted the distinct benefit and support resources available to those affected,

  • and organizing a companywide voluntary support program, Operation Teammate, that empowered employees to provide direct monetary support to folks in need.

Following HR’s lead, Comcast employees across the country stepped in – and stepped up – to support their teammates by mobilizing their resources. This enabled the organization to:

  • open access to more than 268,000 Wi-Fi hotspots,

  • provide connectivity through mobile apps to critical information, like latest weather updates and evacuation routes, to all residents with or withouta Comcast subscription,

  • and create a special digital housing share site and rideshare app to offer living spaces and transportation for their teammates in need.

Through technology and ingenuity, Comcast NBCUniversal’s HR team created a blueprint that helped their employees, and ultimately their customers and local communities, stay connected when it mattered most. Even more, the organization utilized its unique assets to contribute monetary and in-kind donations of services, advertising and airtime to help those affected, whether an employee, customer or community citizen, with their relief efforts. In total, the Company helped raise more than $130 million for the victims of the multiple disasters which included, but was not limited to, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the wildfires in Northern California.

Whether providing on-site support, establishing emergency relief plans or grassroots giving, the HR team undoubtedly set the stage for the entire Comcast NBCUniversal family to rally together to help each other.

“I’m incredibly proud of our human resources team’s efforts. They put their teammates first when they needed it most. By identifying and leading execution on innovation that delivered meaningful outcomes for our Comcast NBCUniversal family, and the communities we live in, they’ve transformed what it means to be a team and set a new standard for support across the organization. I’m honored to be a part of such an awesome company,” said Bill Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Cable.

Comcast NBCUniversal and Aspiring Leader Terese Farmen of Cox Communications will be honored at CTHRA’s HR Symposium on October 2, 2018 in Philadelphia. For details, please visit

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