Sixteen employees from Unum are ready to respond when a disaster strikes, part of a new partnership with the American Red Cross of Maine.
The Red Cross program, Ready When the Time Comes, trains corporate volunteer teams that can be quickly deployed for short-duration disaster events in the area.
“With this program we can have 10 or 15 people on site with one phone call,” says Paul Clark, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross. “This is particularly critical with a larger event — such as the opening of a shelter following a widespread power outage — when we need people who can respond quickly for a short duration.”
Unum is the first organization in the state to participate in the initiative. “I joined the Ready When the Time Comes program to make a grass roots impact on our community,” says Karen Cassette, a National Client Manager at Unum, who also volunteers for the annual Red Cross Real Heroes recognition event. “Often times, I donate money or volunteer for organizations and do not really get to experience the impact on the community. This is an opportunity for me to make a real difference and experience the impact my time and actions can make on an individual.”
The Unum team completed a basic disaster response training session last month, and will participate in a simulated shelter drill in October.
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. Learn more at redcross.org/maine, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).
About Unum Group
Unum Group (www.unum.com) is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its primary businesses are Unum US, Colonial Life and Unum UK. Unum’s portfolio includes disability, life, accident and critical illness coverage, which help protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an illness or injury. The company reported revenues of $10.35 billion in 2013, and provided $6.5 billion in benefits last year.