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Polaris donates generators to tornado relief efforts

Added on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Roseville, Minn. – In times of disaster, communication is critical for emergency response but often the means to keep technology charged disappears in the wake of the storm. To aid Salvation Army disaster relief work in the south after tornadoes devastated dozens of communities, Minnesota’s own Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) donated several pallets of Polaris POWER™  Digital Inverter Generators perfect for recharging communication devices. The generators will be shipped to Salvation Army disaster relief central in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma today.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the terrible storms that wreaked havoc throughout the South,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer.  “In such difficult times, the relief efforts orchestrated by the Salvation Army create a lifeline that brings food, clothing and other essentials to those desperately in need.  Coordinating the deployment of those resources is a Herculean task requiring reliable communications, and with the donation of these generators, we are proud to assist the Salvation Army in this humanitarian mission.”

Normally used as a power source for camping, hunting, tailgating or anything outdoors, Polaris POWER generators also can be valuable in disaster situations as an emergency back-up power source. The models deliver clean power in a fuel-efficient, quiet and compact package which features an economy throttle to manage power output to maximize runtime. This ensures long-lasting power anywhere it is needed, which is optimal for The Salvation Army’s efforts.

This is not the first time Polaris has stepped up at times of disaster. Most recently the Medina-based company gave 10 military-grade, all-terrain vehicles to Salvation Army relief efforts after the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. In addition, 10 vehicles were donated to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, bringing the total value of the donations to nearly half a million dollars.

“Polaris is uniquely situated to provide first-rate equipment that will literally help change lives in times of disaster,” said Colonel Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Commander in Minnesota and North Dakota. “In the past we have relied upon HAM Radio operators, and while those are still important, the use of cell phones and radios are what give each disaster relief member a connection to the response. Communications is essential and can make or break our efforts.”

The Salvation Army completed its first 24 hours of emergency disaster response late Monday, following the Central Arkansas tornadoes that ravaged the area on Sunday. Initially, two mobile kitchens were deployed throughout the area providing food and beverages to survivors. In Kansas, two Salvation Army mobile units are providing meal support to survivors and relief workers.

The Salvation Army will deploy six additional mobile kitchens to Arkansas on Tuesday. In Kansas, The Salvation Army will open a financial assistance center to provide for basic emergency needs.

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by these storms is to make a monetary contribution.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annually it serves 992,000 hot meals and provides 450,000 nights of shelter. More than 80,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities.

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.   Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

*Terms and conditions:  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to specify 80888 for help.