PG&E Donates $2.5 Million to American Red Cross for Community Preparedness Efforts Residents Urged to Build a Disaster Game Plan to Ensure Families and Communities are Prepared for Natural Disasters
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The American Red Cross today announced a $2.5 million donation from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to continue a partnership of the multi-year Ready Neighborhoods Initiative, which helps residents and communities prepare for natural disasters.
The announcement was made today at the Game On! Prep Rally in San Francisco's Union Square, where San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice and Red Cross volunteers led interactive disaster preparedness games and handed out emergency kits to participants. The event also honored Most Valuable Players (MVP) from the Ready Neighborhoods' pilot communities located around the Bay Area. These MVPs demonstrated extraordinary efforts to prepare their communities with a disaster game plan.
"Over and over again, the Red Cross has experienced the power of neighbors helping neighbors immediately following disaster," said Harold Brooks, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. "Our goal with the Ready Neighborhoods program is to support and empower the very people who will lead the ongoing readiness and response efforts, and ultimately help their community recover more quickly following a disaster."
Ready Neighborhoods is an innovative multi-year initiative which launched in April 2011. It is designed to transform communities throughout Northern and Central California into models of disaster readiness, and to ensure that local residents and organizations are equipped with the training, resources and networks necessary to effectively prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. This collaborative effort is led by individuals and organizations within each community, facilitated by the American Red Cross and supported with lead funding by PG&E.
In its first year, the initiative was implemented in East Palo Alto, Oakland (Elmhurst), Richmond (Iron Triangle), San Francisco (Chinatown), San Rafael (Canal) and Vallejo (North Vallejo).
Continuing its ongoing support of the American Red Cross, PG&E's $2.5 million funding announcement today follows a $1 million contribution to the program last year. PG&E employees are also strong supporters, pledging more than $325,000 from their own paychecks to the American Red Cross last year.
"PG&E's highest priority is ensuring public safety, and the Red Cross has been an excellent partner in empowering our customers to prepare for and respond to emergencies," said Greg Pruett, PG&E senior vice president and chairman of the board of PG&E Corporation Foundation. "We are proud to give back to the communities we serve by partnering with the Red Cross to bring the Ready Neighborhoods program to cities across California."
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including fires, earthquakes, wildfires and other emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2011, PG&E contributed more than $23 million to more than 1,100 charitable organizations, including matching the generosity of employees who donated more than $5.3 million and volunteered over 32,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded entirely by shareholders. For more information, visit www.pge.com/community.