World Grocer is making a donation of 67 pallets of canned Emergency Purified Drinking Water worth over $100,000 to the American Red Cross Central Valley Region. The specialty water is being staged throughout the Valley in anticipation of a record number of drought emergencies this summer.
A press event will be held this Thursday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m at the Fresno Red Cross office. The delivery truck, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles, volunteers, and pallets of water will be on hand as part of the delivery route to stage this water throughout the region. Representatives from both Red Cross and World Grocer will be available for interviews, and samples of the canned water will even be on hand for tasting.
Each pallet holds enough water to sustain 10 families of 4 for 3 days. The pallets will be strategically placed in each of the Valley’s seven counties (Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Merced, Madera, and Mariposa) and will be ready for quick deployment in the event of a drought emergency. The unique specialty water has a shelf life of 30+ years, making it ideal for long-term emergency storage.
“We are so grateful for this generous donation,” said Regional CEO Ellen Knapp, “With the current drought situation, we know this water is going to play a crucial role in saving lives this summer.”
According to Raj Chauhan, CEO of World Grocer, the donation is a great way to help educate the community on the importance of having a family emergency plan.
“We as individuals within the community need to do our part to be prepared for the unexpected not only by volunteering to help during an unfortunate event, but by having our own supply of emergency water available,” he said.
Transporting and staging the heavy water throughout the Valley has been weeks of planning in the making. The water load travelling to the south Valley on Thursday is made possible in part thanks to Bread of Life, based in Stockton, who donated their truck and driver for transportation.
The Red Cross recommends that every person has 1 gallon of water per day for 3 days stored and ready to use in the event of an emergency. To learn more about donating to the local Red Cross, or to find out how you can make a family emergency game plan, visit www.redcross.org/CentralValleyRegion or call (559)455-1000.
About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.