In order to offset the extraordinary challenges to the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Regions’ mission in responding to disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Piedmont Natural Gas is donating $25,000 to the organization.
Piedmont Natural Gas had originally committed $25,000 to the annual Sound the Alarm Campaign – a series of home fire safety and alarm installation events that take place throughout the year in our communities. However, to protect the safety of all, American Red Cross postponed all Sound the Alarm activities for 2020.
While in-person community events, like Sound the Alarm, may be postponed, disaster response does not stop and in fact during this pandemic, we anticipate an increased demand for Red Cross disaster relief services as more families are feeling the pressure of the economic crisis and high unemployment rates. Piedmont Natural Gas decided to pivot its donation to where it was needed most – disaster relief. In April 2020, the region responded to 175 home fires, in addition to providing support to 149 individuals impacted by severe storms.
“As we head into hurricane and wildfire season, our goal is to provide anyone in need after a disaster with comfort and support,” said Allison Taylor, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “This is a difficult time for everyone, and we rely on the generosity of donors to support the needs of our communities.”
“Piedmont Natural Gas has been a longtime sponsor of the Sound the Alarm, as it has a direct impact on the communities we serve. We were sad to see it postponed this year but know the importance of supporting the Red Cross as they work through the challenges of responding to disasters during a pandemic,” says Barbara Ashford, Director of Community Relations at Piedmont Natural Gas.
In addition to Piedmont Natural Gas, we are grateful to have the continued support of our Sound the Alarm partners including, our national sponsors Lowe’s Home Improvement and Delta; our statewide sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; and our regional partners: Columbia Forest Products, R.B. Pharr & Associates, P.A., and Partnership Property Management.
Spending more time at home, one of the things individuals can do right now is review the 7 ways to prepare for a home fire, and more generally how to prepare for emergencies. Resources are available to download online in both English and Spanish.
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. Visit redcross.org to learn more.