SOURCE: Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder System, Inc.

April 28, 2010 16:45 ET

Ryder Supports American Red Cross Response to Recent Tornados in the Southeast U.S.

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program Provide Financial Support

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  Financial support from Ryder (NYSE: R), a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, is enabling the American Red Cross to help residents impacted by the recent tornados in the southeast United States by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, and a shoulder to lean on.

In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help people impacted by the tornado get back on their feet. The Red Cross will keep shelters open as long as needed, in addition to providing mobile feeding and mental health support to those affected by the storm.

"Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, the Red Cross is able to mobilize supplies and staff to provide help to people and communities in need," said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. "These contributions, along with the support of the American public, are critical during floods and similar disasters because they enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given."

Weather forecasters with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center say that the United States will experience a very active tornado season this year. According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, about 1,000 tornadoes hit the U.S., yearly. Tornado season generally is in the spring when tornadoes are more prevalent from April through July, with May and June being the peak months.

Since the Annual Disaster Giving Program's inception in 1997, members have pledged donations to the Red Cross in advance of major disasters to ensure an immediate response will meet the needs of people who are affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income. 

"The Ryder Charitable Foundation is proud to be an Annual Disaster Giving Program member," said Bob Brunn, Ryder's Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs. "We are confident that our financial contributions are effectively used to assist victims impacted by these types of events and are committed to supporting American Red Cross efforts to prepare and respond quickly in times of disaster."

Individuals can join forces with companies who are members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the recent tornados, either by going to www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation. 

Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading companies such as Altria Group, American Express, AXA Foundation, ConAgra Foods, FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation, General Motors Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc., United Healthcare and UPS.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as the top third party logistics provider and Security magazine has named Ryder the top company for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit www.ryder.com.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at .

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements and information included in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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