Orkin and Nonprofit Partnerships in Katrina Relief Effort

Orkin Team
Orkin's Ready Response Team (pictured above) provided termite and mold treatment services to 98 flood-damaged homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, many abandoned homes remained vacant for months. When homeowners tried to return, they discovered extensive flood damage, which created unsafe living conditions and made their houses vulnerable to mold and termites. In the summer of 2006, Orkin provided mold and termite prevention to 98 flood-damaged homes through a partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing, Catholic Charities’ Operation Helping Hands program and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s Home Clean-Out program.

Volunteers from these organizations identified and gutted homes that met the criteria for treatment, and Orkin partnered with vendors who donated supplies to help make these homes livable again. Orkin’s team spent five days applying BORA-CARE® and MOLD-CARE™ products to help protect affected New Orleans homes.