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RYDER MOUNTS RELIEF EFFORT TO AID MIAMI AREA EMPLOYEES

 RYDER MOUNTS RELIEF EFFORT TO AID MIAMI AREA EMPLOYEES
 MIAMI, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to a detailed disaster


recovery plan, Ryder System, Inc., one of the largest corporations headquartered in Miami, has been able to minimize damage to its operations and, more importantly, provide a wide range of assistance to its Miami-area employees in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive storm in Florida history.
 Immediately after Andrew ripped through the Miami area, Ryder established a hotline for employees in need of emergency assistance. Teams of supervisors were responsible for contacting every one of Ryder's 2,000 Miami-area employees through phone calls or personal visits to determine their safety and needs, and how the company could best help them. Thus far, Ryder has secured temporary housing for more than 50 employees and has been using its trucks to haul ice, bottled water, food and clothing from Northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to its headquarters for distribution to employees. Ryder is also making trucks available free of charge to employees to carry household goods to relatives' homes or temporary residences.
 To tide employees over financially, Ryder made end-of-the-month paychecks available to Miami employees five days early. All Miami employees, including hourly wage-earners, were paid as if they had worked the full week. Through the company's independent Federal Credit Union, Ryder has made emergency cash available to all Dade County employees on request and is also offering loans that are interest-free for six months to help employees replace damaged or destroyed property.
 "We're doing everything we can to help our employees so that Miami and other hard-hit communities can dedicate their resources to those people who don't have anyone else looking out for them," said M. Anthony Burns, Ryder's chairman, president and chief executive officer, who himself was displaced when his home suffered damage in the storm.
 Burns, who also serves as chairman of the United Way of Dade County, has spent much of the past several days directing United Way and other agencies' relief efforts and visiting Ryder employees in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, even stopping to help repair damaged roofs and cover broken windows. Burns said that the response from Ryder employees across the country has been tremendous, with donations of food, clothing and other supplies arriving aboard Ryder trucks throughout the week.
 With Andrew bearing down on Miami, Ryder moved hundreds of trucks northward, only to bring them back immediately following the storm to assist in relief efforts. "Our rental rates are the same now as they were last week," stressed Burns. "And for community relief efforts and Ryder employees, we are providing our trucks free of charge."
 In the face of a storm of Andrew's intensity, Ryder also decided to shut down its huge computer system, sending a team of experts to a computer back-up facility in New Jersey as an added precaution. Within hours after the storm passed, technicians were back at Ryder headquarters working to bring the system back on-line; 48 hours later the company's computers were up and running again.
 Ryder is working closely with the United Way to assist in community- wide relief efforts. The United Way has set up a planning and logistics center in Ryder's headquarters building and is dispatching dozens of Ryder trucks to transport supplies into the area.
 "We want to help our employees put their lives back together and help rebuild our community," Burns said.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Ryder System, Inc., is the parent of a group of companies which provide high-quality highway transportation services and aviation services. Approximately 2,000 of Ryder's 39,000 employees reside in the Miami area. Revenue for the 12 months ended June 30, 1992, was $5.1 billion, and assets at June 30, 1992, were $5.0 billion.
 Ryder System stock is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Fortune magazine ranks the company among the 25 largest diversified services companies in the United States./
 /CONTACT: Art Stone of Ryder System, 305-593-3180; or Mark Greenberg of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, 212-557-0100, for Ryder System/ CO: Ryder System, Inc. ST: Florida IN: TRN SU:


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