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MIAMI-BASED RYDER DONATES OVER $65,000 IN CASH AND IN-KIND SERVICES TO AID THE FLOOD-RAVAGED MIDWEST; ESTABLISHES 'FLOOD RELIEF FLEET'

 MIAMI, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryder System today announced that the company is donating over $65,000 in cash and in-kind services to those affected by the flooding in the Midwest. The donation includes a $25,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross; dedicating a fleet of trucks to the disaster relief efforts being managed by American Red Cross; dedicating a fleet of trucks to the disaster relief efforts of local United Way organizations in Des Moines, St. Louis, and Kansas City; and dedicating a fleet of trucks to the nearly 3,000 Ryder employees in need who live in the area.
 "We went through a similar, devastating situation in Miami nearly a year ago with Hurricane Andrew, and learned several significant lessons," said M. Anthony Burns, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ryder. "We in South Florida appreciated the help we received from the people in the Midwest during that time, and feel strongly about helping out in return. We believe that our response is appropriate at this time."
 Burns speaks from experience. His and hundreds of his employees' homes were severely damaged during Andrew. The company learned that involvement by the corporate community in a disaster of this type is crucial. As a member of the "We Will Rebuild" committee set up by then President Bush after Andrew, Burns understands that the relief and rebuilding efforts will take years to complete.
 Ryder will maintain administrative control of the trucks, ensuring that they are properly maintained and accounted for, but the Red Cross and the local United Way organizations will manage how they are used.
 The National American Red Cross will have a fleet of Ryder trucks dedicated to their efforts to coordinate the movement of freight into the afflicted areas, a management lesson learned from Andrew. "The Red Cross will decide how and where the trucks will be used," said Burns. "Having the fleet at their disposal will allow the Red Cross the ability to better manage what gets transported into the affected areas."
 Recognizing that local agencies also need the ability to have transportation at their disposal, Ryder has donated a fleet of ten trucks to each of the United Way chapters in Des Moines, Kansas City and St. Louis to be used by agencies who are United Way members. The local United Way chapters will also manage the usage of the trucks.
 For the nearly 3,000 Ryder employees in the affected areas, the company is providing trucks at no charge for their personal use, and is giving each access to the Emergency Relief Fund established by the company during Hurricane Andrew.
 Ryder is also providing rental trucks at a substantial discount from its regular rates to the general public.
 Ryder is the world's largest truck rental and leasing company and a leading provider of other highway transportation services, and is headquartered in Miami.
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 /CONTACT: Art Stone of Ryder, 305-593-3180; or Steve Naru, 212-614-4970, for Ryder/
 (R) CO: Ryder System; American Red Cross; United Way ST: Florida, Missouri, Iowa IN: TRN SU:


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