As large-scale disasters improve in frequency and depth, the American Red Cross and our donors promote household and neighborhood disaster preparation throughout National Preparedness Month in September to encourage resiliency when disaster strikes. Helping the Red Cross keep prepared for and reply to disasters all year long are greater than 130 company and organizational members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program.
ADGP and Disaster Responder members — together with their workers and clients — pledge monetary and in-kind donations year-round prematurely of disasters to make sure the Red Cross is able to assist these in want and put together individuals and communities for surprising crises. The group is determined by these annual donations from beneficiant supporters to arrange and reply to disasters huge and small.
The Red Cross responds to greater than 60,000 disasters throughout the nation yearly. Whether it’s a large-scale disaster impacting a number of communities or a house hearth affecting a single household, donations from ADGP and Disaster Responder members assist assure the group can quickly mobilize, offering sizzling meals, shelters, emotional help and monetary help.
“Sadly, year after year we see the sheer devastation and heartbreak that disasters wreak on communities and families across the country,” stated Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “But thanks to our compassionate, forward-thinking ADGP and Disaster Responder members, we can quickly step in during emergencies to provide people in need with comfort and hope during their darkest hours. We are so very grateful for our partners and their unwavering commitment to our lifesaving mission.”
Large disasters like hurricanes, floods, wildfires and excessive warmth are frequently impacting communities throughout the nation, leading to extra individuals displaced, weak and in want of help. Some of those emergencies are affecting individuals who don’t normally expertise a serious disaster, whereas different communities are going via the devastation of disasters a number of occasions a 12 months. In 2020 and 2021, the Red Cross averaged a brand new, main disaster response each week-and-a-half with volunteers repeatedly on the bottom, organising shelters, arranging for meals and sheltering hundreds of individuals with no place to go.
As communities throughout the nation proceed to expertise extra excessive climate occasions, the Red Cross is offering vital help on a near-constant foundation to assist households struggling to manage. Tens of tens of millions of U.S. households are vulnerable to being compelled from their houses with many dealing with the specter of poverty as a result of dramatic improve in billion-dollar disasters, which have practically doubled within the final 5 years in comparison with the earlier 5 years.
Just this summer season, the group has responded to devastating floods and harmful warmth waves throughout the nation. Currently, the Red Cross is on the bottom in California, Oregon and Washington the place wildfires are raging and circumstances stay dire. More than 6.6 million acres have already burned throughout the nation, and forecasters are nonetheless warning of an lively hurricane season.
In addition to lifesaving response and restoration efforts after a disaster, the Red Cross additionally works on daily basis throughout the nation to assist individuals prepare for emergencies. ADGP and Disaster Responder members help this very important preparedness work as nicely. These companions energy the group’s efforts to assist households prepare for pure disasters whereas supporting applications to assist stop on a regular basis crises like house fires, which comprise the majority of Red Cross response efforts annually. The Home Fire Campaign is one such preparedness initiative, which has saved 1,393 lives throughout the nation since launching in October 2014.
Just because the Red Cross prepares for emergencies, households and communities ought to as nicely. National Preparedness Month is the proper time to take action by taking three easy steps: 1) Get a package. 2) Make a plan. 3) Be knowledgeable. Individuals can obtain the free Red Cross Emergency app or textual content GETEMERGENCY to 90999 to get lifesaving preparedness info and climate alerts within the palm of their hand.
The American Red Cross thanks these program members for his or her beneficiant contributions.
The present members of the Red Cross $1M Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) are: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Best Buy; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Microsoft Corp.; Nationwide Foundation; PayPal; PetSmart Charities; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
The present members of the Red Cross $500,000 Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) are:
Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Calmoseptine, Inc.; Capital One; CarMax; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; Dollar General; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Google.org; The Home Depot Foundation; International Paper; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mastercard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Organon; PepsiCo Foundation; PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, house of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and The Wawa Foundation.
The present members of the Red Cross $250,000 Disaster Responder Program are: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES Corporation; Ameriprise Financial; Assurant; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Big 5 Sporting Goods; CDW; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Duke Energy; Dutch Bros Foundation; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Gopuff; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; HCA Healthcare; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LHC Group; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc.; Martin Marietta; Mattress Firm; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual; Old Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Prudential; Raytheon Technologies; Reckitt; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Project, a venture of New Venture Fund; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc.; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow; Southwest Airlines; Tata Consultancy Services; U-Haul International; U.S. Bank Foundation; and Zurich.