Red Cross to Train ExxonMobile Employees to Respond to Disasters

HOUSTON, Texas – With hurricane season looming, the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is training and recruiting volunteers to help those in need in the event of a disaster. The hurricane season starts on June 1 with numerous storms expected to form this year.

American Red Cross staff will train employees of ExxonMobil, which provides the most volunteers citywide with a team of more than 250, to respond when disaster strikes as part of the Ready When the Times Comes program.

A majority of natural disasters happen quickly and with little to no notice. In the case of a disaster, the Red Cross will call on community partners like ExxonMobil to immediately mobilize their trained volunteer force to help those impacted. These teams set up shelters with cots to care for and feed of those affected.

“When disaster strikes, resources are quickly exhausted, and support from trained volunteers will be critical to relief efforts,” said Steve Vetrano, CEO, Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “ExxonMobil’s employees have generously committed to prepare in advance and to jump into action to help Houstonians in the time of an emergency.”

WHAT:

Ready When the Time Comes Volunteer Training

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Press Conference 11 a.m.

WHERE:

Greater Houston Area American Red Cross

2700 Southwest Freeway

Houston, TX 77098

WHO:

Red Cross Emergency Services Director

ExxonMobil Employee Volunteers

About American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes:

Each year the American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disaster incidents – hurricanes, fires, storms, floods, tornados, explosions, etc. – serving those affected with food, shelter and financial assistance. Employees of companies who join the RWTC volunteer program receive Red Cross disaster training. The companies agree to make those employees available during disasters to staff Red Cross shelters, assist in mass feeding and bulk distribution, provide damage assessment and staff phone banks. Currently, 16 companies in the Houston area participate in the program.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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