United Rentals Establishes Emergency Response Center to Deploy Equipment and Supplies in Katrina's Wake

Greenwich, CT -


Equipment rental industry leader United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) has moved quickly to establish a 24-hour emergency response center dedicated to deploying resources in the regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the company said today. Telephone calls to United Rentals branches in the affected areas are automatically rerouted to the center, which also accepts direct, toll-free calls.

The bilingual emergency response team, based at the company's Shelton, Conn., customer service facility, "was fully activated within 24 hours of the hurricane's first hit in the Gulf Region," said Ernie Delle Donne, Vice President - National Accounts and Government Sales for United Rentals. Employees from branches as far away as Chicago and Toronto have arrived in Shelton to staff the telephones and arrange the distribution of disaster recovery equipment and contractor supplies. In the first 48 hours of the hurricane's aftermath, the center fielded more than 1,100 calls directly related to Katrina, Delle Donne said.

"There's a lot we can do as a company to help with the logistics of the relief and recovery efforts," Delle Donne continued. "Right now, our priority is to respond to every need as completely and rapidly as possible. Our branch teams are working around the clock to fulfill requests from FEMA, municipal, state and federal response crews, utilities and private citizens. We have a tremendous support network among our branches. Locations that are in and near Katrina's path, but were spared a direct hit, are sending equipment, supplies and manpower to the branches most affected."

United Rentals has more than 730 rental locations throughout North America, including eleven branches in Alabama, four in Mississippi, and eight in Louisiana. The company's regional contractor supplies distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia, will also aid in the deployment efforts.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 13,200 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.9 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.


Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318 
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Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246
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