WellPoint Foundation is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program — a group of companies that give to the Red Cross in advance of emergencies so the organization may quickly respond when needed.
The following is a copy of an American Red Cross press release describing how the ADGP is helping the organization prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
Corporate Partners Help Red Cross Prepare for Hurricane Season
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 — As the 2014 Hurricane season begins, the American Red Cross is ready to help people when disasters strike, thanks to the help of more than 95 leading corporations that give through the organization’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program.
Members of both programs pledge donations in advance of major disasters, which provide the Red Cross with a reliable funding base to immediately respond during and after a disaster. Funding from members supports Red Cross disaster relief activities, including sheltering, feeding, purchasing and distributing relief supplies, storing equipment, providing health and emotional support and reconnecting individuals separated during disasters.
“Every day throughout the year, the Red Cross is on the front lines helping people who have been affected by home fires, natural disasters and countless other devastating emergencies, and we are so grateful for our Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder partners,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. “Their commitment to our mission allows the Red Cross to have vital resources in place before a disaster strikes so we can respond immediately with relief and support to communities in need nationwide.”
The 2014 hurricane season outlook of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is for a 50 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season. However, it only takes one major storm to devastate a community. It is imperative for communities to prepare now for the unexpected.
People who live in a hurricane-prone area can prepare before a hurricane strikes by developing a family emergency and evacuation plan and building a disaster kit with basic supplies—water, first aid kit, flashlight, non-perishable food items and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Individuals should also download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for more information to keep their family safe before, during and after a storm.
The generous investments from ADGP and Disaster Responder members enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
The 2014 members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program are: 3M; Altria Group; American Express; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Aon; AT&T; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Caterpillar Inc.; CHS Foundation; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale Corporation; Darden Restaurants Foundation; Dell Inc.; Discover; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; eBay Inc.; Edison International; FedEx Corporation; GE Foundation; Grainger; H-E-B; Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation; The Home Depot; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kraft Foods Group Foundation; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Medtronic; Meijer; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mondelēz International Foundation; National Grid; Nationwide Insurance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; PepsiCo Foundation; Samsung; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; Target; TD Ameritrade; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; United Technologies Corporation; University of Phoenix; UPS; US Airways; VSP Vision Care; Walmart; Wawa; WellPoint Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
The 2014 members of the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program are: Alcoa; ArcelorMittal; AstraZeneca; AXA Foundation; Ball Corporation; Carlson Rezidor Hotels; The Clorox Company; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; General Motors Foundation; H&M; H&R Block; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Companies; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Starbucks Coffee Company and Starbucks Foundation; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc.; State Street; Sunoco; Texas Instruments; T O Y O T A; UBS Americas; US Bank; and Western Union Foundation.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Spring and summer months bring with them hurricane and tornado season, and the American Red Cross has powerful mobile apps to help you be prepared for natural disasters and first aid situations.
WellPoint Foundation is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, and we want you to be prepared. Stay safe this season — and every season — by downloading all of the Red Cross’ apps to your favorite device today.
App images and summaries via redcross.org:
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross - A hurricane tracker app available for iPhone and Android. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.
Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.
Be ready for wildfire with Wildfire by the American Red Cross. Get the latest state-by-state Wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.
When disaster strikes know when and where shelters have been opened to provide assistance…The Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.
…the application maps locations and shelter details across the United States. Zoom in to the local area. View shelter details: the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event and the specific shelter address and location.
Team Red Cross wants you! Join Team Red Cross to help provide the care and comfort needed to communities when the unthinkable occurs.
Each year, more than one million Americans work with the Red Cross as volunteers serving local community needs. Every day, these volunteers provide care and comfort helping victims of fires, floods, storms, and other disasters. The more severe the disaster, the more volunteers we need, sometimes at a moment’s notice.
Team Red Cross wants people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels. Everyone has something special to offer…including you. Make a difference and join Team Red Cross!
Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water. Download it directly from the iTunes, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace app stores.
The mudslide that recently struck Oso, Wash. devastated land and homes — killing at least 20 people, with 30 more still missing.
As the disaster’s impact continues, the WellPoint Foundation announced it will make a $5,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross (Snohomish Co.) to assist with relief efforts.
"This is a painful time for all of us as we continue to witness the devastation of the mudslide on our community," said Daryl Edmonds, president of WellPoint’s Medicaid health plan in Washington.
The donation is part of WellPoint’s ongoing, national relationship with the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, which helps ensure the organization is prepared before disaster strikes. This support enables the Red Cross to respond immediately, meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster anywhere in the United States.
Since last week, the Red Cross has mobilized four response vehicles and nearly 100 trained workers to provide support for this situation. These workers have served 5,000 meals and snacks, and handed out dozens of comfort kits. Because of the difficult nature of this event, they have local mental health volunteers caring for families who have lost loved ones and are waiting for word on the missing. The Red Cross continues to work in close coordination with officials to determine how to best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.
To learn more and support the relief effort, please visit redcross.org.
From the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is responding across five states to help people affected by Sunday’s devastating tornado outbreak and severe weather in the Midwest, providing food, shelter and comfort to families and individuals in need.
…Twelve Red Cross shelters were open in the hardest hit states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Sunday night. Meanwhile, Red Cross workers also are helping people in Kentucky and Michigan whose homes were damaged from storms. As roads reopen, Red Cross emergency vehicles will hand out meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected communities. Emergency aid stations are also open in some areas where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services, and information about what help is available.
The WellPoint Foundation is proud to be a member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program and thanks the organization for all it is doing to provide needed services throughout our communities.
Photo above: American Red Cross
$50,000 grant for American Red Cross Spring Storms fund
To help communities across the Midwest recover from severe storms and tornados, WellPoint today announced that its corporate foundation has granted $50,000 to the American Red Cross 2012 Spring Storms fund. The Red Cross is using the funds to provide food, shelter and other relief to impacted individuals and families in states such as Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.
“The men and women of WellPoint are committed to improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent severe weather, and we thank the Red Cross for all they are doing to provide comfort and support when it is needed the most.”
WellPoint, its foundation and associates are longstanding supporters of the Red Cross, and the organization is one of six charities included in the company’s Associate Giving Campaign. In 2011, pledges from WellPoint associates, combined with a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation, resulted in Red Cross chapters receiving more than $500,000 through the annual campaign. Also last year, the WellPoint Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross for storm relief efforts in Georgia, Virginia and Missouri. In recognition of this ongoing support, the Red Cross has named the WellPoint Foundation a member of its Annual Disaster Giving Program.
Additional information about WellPoint, its community work and disaster relief efforts can be found at www.wellpointcorporateresponsibility.com.