Emily White, the Regional Director of Preparedness for the American Red Cross Gateway to the Golden State Region, was honored as a ‘Champion of Change’ by the White House during an event in Washington D.C. on September 24, for her work preparing Bay Area communities for disasters.
The annual event celebrates Americans who are preparing communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. This year, 18 people received the honor and were invited to the White House to participate in a celebration of their work.
According to the White House, the event is an opportunity to feature “individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.”
Emily, who is from Berkeley, was recognized for her work launching the Ready Neighborhoods program, which was designed to transform 50 neighborhoods into models of disaster readiness. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is working in partnership with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company on the Ready Neighborhoods program.