CHARLOTTE, NC, APRIL 23, 2018 – The American Red Cross today recognized Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) for its gift of a next generation emergency response vehicle. This high-tech vehicle allows the Red Cross to efficiently deploy life-sustaining resources regionally and nationally when disasters occur.
“Our signature emergency response vehicles are on the front lines during disasters, delivering help and hope when people need it most,” said Angela Broome Powley, regional chief executive officer, Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross. “But the fleet is aging. So, we are relying on partners like Sealed Air to continue to deliver the Red Cross mission in our community.”
Vehicles have always been core to the Red Cross mission. In 1984 the vehicles were standardized to an ambulance design for disaster response. While effective, the ambulance style vehicles presented certain limitations. The new next generation emergency response vehicles are more efficient, more visible and inviting, and much more helpful to survivors during some of life’s darkest moments.
“We are pleased to support the American Red Cross and help address growing needs in the region through this new emergency response vehicle,” said Ted Doheny, Sealed Air President and CEO. “Sealed Air is proud of our long-time partnership with the American Red Cross, which further supports our vision to create a better way for life.”
Since announcing the relocation of their global headquarters to Charlotte in 2015, Sealed Air has donated over $370,000 to support the Red Cross. In addition to the gift of the emergency response vehicle, Sealed Air employees and volunteers packed 1,000 hygiene comfort kits. These kits will be distributed by the Red Cross to individuals and families who have been displaced from their homes by a disaster like a home fire, flood or tornado.
With nearly 270 chapters nationwide, the Red Cross alleviates suffering in practically every U.S. community. Last year in the Charlotte area, the Red Cross responded to 1,357 local disasters and helped 5,214 disaster victims.