The American Red Cross and Pacific Gas & Electric are proud to announce that together they will have reached an important milestone this September in honor of National Preparedness Month: Training, educating or engaging more than 200,000 residents throughout the Central Valley as part of the Prepare Central Valley initiative.
In 2011, PG&E announced a half million-dollar initiative to provide residents and communities with emergency preparedness training and education to help build safer communities in Central California. Together, the American Red Cross and PG&E aim to reach more than 10% of the Central Valley population or 250,000 residents by mid 2015.
“Through the Prepare Central Valley initiative, the American Red Cross Central Valley is empowering families to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies, ultimately helping communities be more resilient following a disaster,” said Ellen Knapp, Regional Chief Executive Office for the Central Valley Region. “During National Fire Prevention Month the Central Valley Red Cross will launch Season Four of Team Firestopper, a program that will educate thousands of families on home fire prevention. This education is extremely important since volunteers in the Central Valley are responding to families affected by a home fire every 15 hours.”
Team Firestopper offers a comprehensive outreach and training program on the simple steps that residents can take to protect their homes and families from fires. The Firestopper program targets communities that have high incidents of fires, and will include various forms of outreach including community canvassing, home fire safety visits and safety fair seminars.
“The terrain in California is as diverse as our customer base, making this part of the country susceptible to earthquakes, storms, wildfires and other natural disasters,” said Ezra Garrett, PG&E vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer. “Public safety is PG&E’s highest priority, and the Red Cross is a trusted partner in supporting our customers during times of emergency. We are proud to bring the Prepare Central Valley initiative to cities across Central California, and working with the Red Cross is a great way to help customers learn about fire safety.”
PG&E employees are also strong supporters of the American Red Cross, personally pledging more than $75,000 to the humanitarian organization last year.