From the beginning, helping communities in times of need was at the heart of the company’s mission to make lifesaving healthcare products. During the 1880s, when the company was founded, trains and telegraph lines connected the country, speeding up travel and the spread of news. The era also witnessed the rise of a sensational reporting style known as yellow journalism, which brought harrowing human interest stories to Americans’ attention for the first time. These included stories of natural disasters. When word of these disasters reached New Brunswick, New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson rushed to act. From its earliest years, the company possessed an unwavering commitment to disaster relief. Today, its efforts have expanded alongside its influence and resources: when disaster strikes, Johnson & Johnson is there.
The beginning of Johnson & Johnson’s long heritage of disaster relief can be traced back to the Galveston Hurricane in 1900. Galveston, Texas, was a thriving port city and one of the wealthiest in the United States when a category 4 storm struck on September 8, 1900.