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Service Corporation International Subsidiary Active in Tsunami Disaster Recovery
HOUSTON, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) (SCI), the world's leading provider of funeral, cremation, and cemetery services, announced today the involvement of its disaster relief subsidiary, Kenyon International Emergency Services, Inc. (Kenyon) in the recovery effort following the Tsunami tragedy in Asia. Working at the request of a private client, Kenyon has dispatched a mobile mortuary from its Sydney, Australia office to Phuket, Thailand for use in identifying and recovering the remains of persons connected to that client who were in the affected area. Kenyon has also set up a disaster management coordination center in Bangkok to handle any forthcoming requests for similar services from other clients on its list of more than 200 corporations, governments, and institutions.
The initial response team consists of 11 disaster management experts and forensic odontology and mortuary operations specialists from the company's Singapore, London, Houston, and Sydney offices. Additional response team members are scheduled to arrive shortly from Houston and London.
Commenting on its presence in Thailand, Kenyon President and Chief Operating Officer Robert A. Jensen said, "In the midst of the overwhelming chaos and grief surrounding this tragedy, clients such as ours need reliable, up-to-date information about their people, as well as recovery of the remains and belongings of those who have perished. We are here in Thailand to provide assistance, answers, recovery, and support in the most thorough and timely manner possible."
Kenyon is an international leader in worldwide disaster management, providing pre-incident crisis planning and post-emergency response services on behalf of the world's foremost companies and numerous local and national governments. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Service Corporation International, Inc. SCI operates an extensive network of businesses including 1,218 funeral service locations and 402 cemeteries in North America as of September 30, 2004.
For more information about Service Corporation International or Kenyon please visit our websites at http://www.sci-corp.com and http://www.KenyonInternational.com .
For additional information contact: Lowell A. Briggs - Kenyon Director of International Marketing (281) 872-6074 Greg Bolton - SCI Director of Corporate Communications (713) 525-5235
SOURCE Service Corporation International -0- 12/30/2004 /CONTACT: Lowell A. Briggs, Director of International Marketing of Kenyon International Emergency Services, Inc., +1-281-872-6074; or Greg Bolton, Director of Corporate Communications of Service Corporation International, +1-713-525-5235/ /Web site: http://www.sci-corp.com http://www.KenyonInternational.com / (SCI) CO: Service Corporation International; Kenyon International Emergency Services, Inc. ST: Texas, Thailand, Australia IN: SU: GN-CD -- DATH009 -- 9413 12/30/2004 15:22 EST http://www.prnewswire.com