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AAA and Red Cross partner to create safer communities

AAA and Red Cross partner to create safer communities
The more prepared our communities are, the faster they will respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster.

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah and the American Red Cross have joined forces to create a new community program – “Ready, Set, Respond!” The trainings will teach individuals how to prepare for and respond to an emergency or disaster.

AAA has donated $650,000 to sponsor the “Ready, Set, Respond!” training workshops that teach everyday citizens the basics of emergency and disaster response, preparedness education, community resilience and how to support first responders. When disasters strike, first responders go to the areas of greatest need. Unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere at once. During these moments, it’s vital that everyday citizens make up the difference. Participants will attend a free 90-minute Red Cross training session that will prepare them to respond and assist in a volunteer-based force when disaster strikes within their communities. AAA will host trainings in their branch offices throughout Northern California, Nevada and Utah.

“AAA is a proud partner with the American Red Cross. We are dedicated to the safety of our communities and their ability to respond in any type of disaster,” said Paul Gaffney, President and CEO of AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah. “This program is unique as we are not only reaching out to our employees, but also to our AAA Members, giving them an opportunity to learn personal readiness skills that could save lives.”

AAA’s Ready, Set, and Respond! program is focused on increasing the number of citizens who can be mobilized into volunteer groups to respond during emergencies. The Red Cross training workshops will prepare participants to serve as Red Cross disaster-response volunteers for disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, or floods. Participants will know what to expect when a major catastrophe occurs and will be trained on how to report for deployment and where to receive real-time information. Once the training is completed, participants will be ready to support vital Red Cross relief efforts when needed.

"We are proud to be working with AAA to empower everyday people to make their communities safer and more resilient.” said Tim Miller, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties Chapter and the California Northwest Region. “The more prepared our communities are, the faster they will respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster.”

A pilot training program was held last night in Santa Rosa for implementation in the California Northwest Region.

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

About AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah:

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to over 4.1 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.