Anheuser-Busch Emergency Drinking Water for Wildland Firefighters
About the Program
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts. Every year Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses beer production to can emergency drinking water to be ready to lend a helping hand during natural disasters and other crises. Building on this commitment, the brewer has teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to deliver one million cans of water to volunteer firefighters across the country.
Keeping firefighters hydrated during long incidents or disasters such as wildfires is a critical need for fire departments, yet many volunteer departments struggle with limited budget and resources. This program supports departments in meeting that need. In the first phase of the program, Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners provided cans of emergency drinking water to volunteer departments in 26 markets to help them prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. In the second phase of the program, volunteer departments can request cans of drinking water to assist with wildfire and other response efforts throughout the year.
The application period is now open. Requirements and specifications are outlined on the application form.
Questions? Contact Lori Shirley at Lori@nvfc.org or 1-888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832).
Scroll over the red boxes to see which departments have received a water drop. Click on the department name to view a photo or local news story (if available).
How much water should I request?
Please be sure you can store the quantity you are requesting and are able to utilize the requested amount by the ‘best by’ date on the package. Canned water has a shelf life of 365 days from the packaging date. Exact delivery size is not guaranteed and may vary depending on current quantity available. Please see below for specifications.
- Primary package is standard sized 12 oz. can
- 1 case = 24 cans (4 x 6 packs in a cardboard tray)
- 1 pallet = 98 cases
- Pallet Dimensions = 37″ W x 34″ D x 63″ H
- Pallet Weight = 1,960 lbs. (20 lbs./case)
- 1 Full Truckload = 22 Pallets
My department is not tax exempt. Will that keep us from getting water?
You must note on your application form whether your department is tax exempt or not in order to process the water donation. The NVFC and Anheuser-Busch will work with departments on an individual basis to receive the donation in accordance with state and federal regulations.
When will the water be delivered?
You will be notified once your application is approved. Anheuser-Busch’s local wholesaler partner will then reach out to you to coordinate delivery time and logistics. If your department is in an area that is a declared state of emergency or is in immediate need, please note that on your application and your application will be processed immediately.
How will the water be delivered?
The water will be delivered in an Anheuser-Busch beer branded truck from a local wholesaler. If this is an issue, the department should communicate immediately to the wholesaler so alternative delivery arrangements can be made if available.
What should I do if we won’t be able to utilize all the water we received before its expiration date?
30 days before your water is about to reach its ‘best by’ date, please notify the NVFC by emailing Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anheuser-Busch local wholesalers will work to get your department fresh inventory.
Can the water only be utilized during wildfire response, or can it be utilized for any department response activity?
The water donation is intended to be utilized for wildfire response efforts but can be utilized to provide critical hydration when/where needed. It cannot be sold or redistributed for financial gain (e.g. fundraising).
Can I apply for additional water if my department utilizes the initial quantity?
Departments are encouraged to submit one application per year. Subsequent applications received for that department will be subject to additional review.
Does my department have to currently be responding to a wildfire or in an area with a declared state of emergency to get the water donation?
Your department does NOT have to be in a declared state of emergency. You can request water at any time in preparation for your wildfire response efforts. Departments requesting water that are in a declared state of emergency or immediate need will be processed immediately. Those not needing immediate attention will be fulfilled on an ongoing basis.
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 14 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry.
From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home.
About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.