Pledge of Ongoing Support Enables Red Cross to Prepare for and Respond to Disasters
[Nashville, TN] May 3, 2016 — Today, the American Red Cross recognized SERVPRO®, headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee, for supporting its Disaster Responder Program.
Disaster Responder members pledge donations in advance of disasters, to ensure the Red Cross can immediately respond to help meet the needs of those affected by disasters large and small. Thanks to the pre-investment made by SERVPRO®, the Red Cross is able to deliver help and hope to those impacted by nearly 66,000 disasters annually—the majority of which are home fires.
Seven times a day, someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire. To help combat this problem, the Red Cross launched a multi-year Home Fire Campaign that aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by the end of 2019. Since the Home Fire Campaign was launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and its campaign partners have helped save at least 85 lives and installed more than 290,000 smoke alarms in 4,900 cities and towns in all 50 states.
SERVPRO’s gift will enable the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires year-round, along with the lifesaving tools and information to support home fire prevention efforts. With the generous support from SERVPRO, Red Cross volunteers go door-to-door in communities to install smoke alarms and teach families about key fire prevention and safety measures.
“The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of our volunteers, donors and partners to fulfill our lifesaving mission,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. “Thanks to the support of SERVPRO® and Disaster Responder Program members, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people affected by disasters whenever and wherever they strike.”
“We are proud to continue SERVPRO’s relationship with the American Red Cross,” said Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of Servpro Industries, Inc. “When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is on the front lines helping homeowners get back on their feet. Often times, SERVPRO® is also there, ready to help home and business owners pick up the pieces by restoring their property and peace of mind. We are proud to work alongside the American Red Cross and support their relief efforts through the Disaster Responder Program.”
“Ongoing financial support from members of the Disaster Responder Program helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance,” said Don Herring, Red Cross chief development officer. “Money donated by the public and members of our Disaster Responder Program is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster.”
Red Cross services are provided to those in need of assistance at no cost and regardless of income through the generosity of Red Cross donors. Individuals can help people affected by disasters by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations to Disaster Relief enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.