Ford Motor Company Fund and Local Red Cross Continue Partnership to Help Prepare San Diego

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2012 – The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and Ford Motor Company Fund today announced a continued partnership in 2012-2013 to help better prepare San Diegans for disasters. The San Diego County Ford Dealers will work with the Red Cross to help prepare San Diego so more members of the community are ready before a disaster strikes.

“As a leader in emergency preparedness, the Red Cross is excited to call the Ford Motor Company Fund a partner once again,” said Joe W. Craver, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. “It’s important for all of us to be ‘Red Cross Ready’ for possible disasters and other emergencies that can strike suddenly. The generous support from Ford further enables us to ensure more San Diegans get a kit, make a plan and become aware about how to stay informed during trying times.”

Ford’s investment supports Community Disaster Response and Disaster Preparedness Youth Outreach efforts.

For Community Disaster Response, the Red Cross provides recovery assistance and supports self-sufficiency in individuals and families affected by disasters, promoting their quality of life, health and wellness. Support includes shelter, food, clothing, physical and mental health services. As part of the partnership, a group of local Ford employees will be trained as a volunteer corp to set up emergency shelters and serve food to disaster victims.

For Youth Outreach, the Red Cross is able to transcend economic barriers to bring essential preparedness training and resources directly to 750 to 1,000 children in grade levels K-5 throughout San Diego County’s most unprepared neighborhoods. When a child understands the importance of being prepared, they share this critical message with family members who take action together to be ready in case of disaster.

“The San Diego County Ford Dealers applaud Ford Motor Company Fund once again for its generous support of the American Red Cross and its important work to help our community be better prepared for disasters,” said Owen Mossy, chairman of the San Diego County Ford Dealers Association. “It’s a great way to make a difference right here in our own backyard.”

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and the Ford Motor Company Fund are committed to making San Diego a safer and more prepared community. For additional information about how to get prepared visit www.preparesandiego.org or follow Red Cross on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org. Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

About Ford Motor Company’s Operation Goodwill:

Operation Goodwill is operated by the Ford Motor Company Fund with support from the San Diego County Ford Dealers. Operation Goodwill San Diego is focused on four focus areas of concern to San Diegans: Education, Disaster Readiness, Military/Veterans Outreach and Critical Health/Wellness Issues.

About Ford Motor Company:

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

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