Corporations, Foundations and Organizations Pledge $65M Annually to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief

SOURCE American Red Cross

Disaster Giving Program Commitments Ensure the Red Cross is Ready to Respond Wherever and Whenever Disaster Strikes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- September is National Preparedness Month and more than 110 forward-thinking members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program are helping the American Red Cross stay prepared for disasters in September and throughout the year.

Red Cross Shelter worker, Waymond Hackney, provides comfort to shelter resident, Beverly Coates during Hurricane Barry. Contributions from Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program members ensure the American Red Cross is prepared to provide help and hope to people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises. Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.

Through this giving program, these leading companies, foundations and organizations are pledging more than $65 million in financial and in-kind support in advance of major disasters-more than any year in the program's decade-long history. This support provides the Red Cross with strong infrastructure, trained volunteers, innovative technology and critical resources necessary to meet urgent needs, allowing the Red Cross to respond whenever and wherever disasters occur, help families during the recovery process and prepare people for future emergencies.

"This year, we've responded to disasters of all sizes, from record-setting severe weather, flooding and tornadoes to home fires across the country," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Through the generous support of ADGP and Disaster Responder members, the Red Cross is ready at any time to respond to disasters with food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort. No matter where the emergency occurs, or how large the disaster is, their contributions ensure we are immediately on the ground to help impacted individuals and families."

Most recently, when millions of people along the southeast coast were in the path of Hurricane Dorian, support from ADGP and Disaster Responder members allowed the Red Cross to prepare for the storm's impact and respond swiftly by staffing Emergency Operation Centers, opening shelters, organizing teams for post-storm damage assessment and service delivery, as well as mobilizing emergency response vehicles.

Since January 2019, the Red Cross has launched more than 44 significant disaster response operations across the country, highlighting the importance of being prepared for an emergency. From the Midwest Plains through large parts of the South and Gulf states, forceful hurricanes and storms, devastating tornadoes and relentless flooding from the Missouri and Mississippi rivers pounded communities. In the first six months of the year, the Red Cross opened at least one significant disaster response per week-at least double the activity we've typically seen during this timeframe over the past decade.

Contributions in place from ADGP and Disaster Responder members enabled the Red Cross to ready supplies and volunteers in advance in order to respond immediately. So far this year, the Red Cross has:

  • Deployed 12,000 disaster relief volunteers and staff
  • Provided more than 61,400 shelter overnight stays in nearly 320 Red Cross and community shelters
  • Served over 914,500 meals and snacks with our partners
  • Delivered emergency supplies to more than 308,000 households using dozens of response vehicles

Red Cross volunteers are also in their communities every day, teaching preparedness and other lifesaving skills. ADGP and Disaster Responder members enable the Red Cross to improve community resilience in areas at higher risk for disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods and, most commonly, home fires – which represent the majority of the more than 62,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to each year. Since 2014, the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign has helped reduce death and injuries from home fires through its signature Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation events that have helped make more than 793,000 households safer, by helping families create escape plans and through the installation of nearly 2 million free smoke alarms, resulting in at least 638 lives saved across the country.

The American Red Cross thanks these program members for their generous contributions.

The current members of the Red Cross $1M Annual Disaster Giving Program are: American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; The Clorox Company; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; The Home Depot Foundation; Latter-day Saint Charities; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; State Farm; Verizon; VSP Global; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and Wells Fargo.

The current members of the Red Cross $500,000 Annual Disaster Giving Program are: Altria Group; AmazonSmile; Aon; BMW of North America; Capital One; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; CSX; Darden Foundation; Discover; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Grainger; HCA Healthcare; Humble Bundle; IBM Corporation; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; LHC Group; Merck Foundation; Mondelez International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Nissan North America; PepsiCo Foundation; Procter & Gamble; PwC Charitable Foundation; Sands Cares; Southwest Airlines; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; The USAA Foundation, Inc.; and The Wawa Foundation.

The current members of the Red Cross $250,000 Disaster Responder Program are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; AdvoCare International L.P.; American Express; Assurant; AstraZeneca; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company; The Ball Foundation; Barclays; CarMax; Choice Hotels International; The Coca-Cola Company; Consumer Cellular; Cox Enterprises; DICK'S Sporting Goods; Duke Energy; Duke Realty; Edison International; Entergy Corporation; Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation; GE Foundation; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; John Deere Foundation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; Land O'Lakes, Inc.; Mastercard; Medtronic Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Old Dominion Freight Line; The Pfizer Foundation; Prudential Financial; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Security Finance's Lending Hand Foundation; Southeastern Grocers Home of BI-LO Harveys Winn Dixie; The Starbucks Foundation; Tata Consultancy Services; TD Ameritrade; U-Haul International; United Technologies Corporation; U.S. Bank; and Visa.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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