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Wells Fargo and Red Cross Partnering for Ready 365

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer
The Red Cross is at the forefront of emergency preparedness.

Wells Fargo is partnering with the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region for the Ready 365 Giving Program. As part of the partnership, Wells Fargo contributed $50,000 to the campaign.

“We would like to thank Wells Fargo for this generous gift and for helping us to launch our Ready 365 program in this region,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “Our partnership with Wells Fargo is incredibly important to help us educate communities on fire safety.”

“The Red Cross is at the forefront of emergency preparedness, and they’re often first place people turn when disaster strikes,” said Kent McClun, Greater Connecticut Area President for Wells Fargo.  “Wells Fargo is proud to support the Ready 365 Giving Program and help strengthen communities across Connecticut.”

Wells Fargo’s contribution will support American Red Cross emergency preparedness and response services in Connecticut and Rhode Island, in particular, with the goal of reducing injuries and deaths from home fires.

“When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there to provide immediate assistance with housing, food and other emergency needs,” Bruno said. “Through this campaign, we work proactively to help families be better prepared for the residential fires that make up the majority of our local disaster responses.”

Last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 1,000 local disasters in Connecticut and Rhode Island – most of them residential fires. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will bring Red Cross volunteers into communities to educate residents about fire safety and fire escape planning, as well as to install smoke alarms free of charge.

“The presence of working smoke alarms in a home can cut in half the risk of dying in a fire,” Bruno said. “Early warning, combined with a personal escape plan, can provide the precious minutes a family needs to safely escape a fire.”

Through the partnership, Wells Fargo employees will have the opportunity to volunteer with the Red Cross. Wells Fargo will also share safety information and tips from the Red Cross during the campaign.

About Ready 365:

Ready 365 Giving Program members are businesses that value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross; they want to deepen their commitment to our mission; and they are ready to help save lives every day of the year.

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 redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

About Wells Fargo:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2014, Wells Fargo donated $281.2 million in grants to 17,100 nonprofits, and team members volunteered 1.74 million hours around the country. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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