Santa Rosa, CA - Red Cross officials announced today that State Farm Insurance has donated $30,000 for disaster preparedness and recovery. The grant will be presented on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. the Red Cross office in Santa Rosa. The funds will help support disaster preparation and outreach throughout the six-county region of Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Northwestern California, ranging from Sonoma and Napa Counties to the Oregon border, has hundreds of miles of coastline and rural roads, countless bridges and rivers, numerous major fault lines and many communities that can be isolated instantly in a disaster. The region faces high probability of disaster with a large array of potential life-threatening and precarious issues following a flood, fire, earthquake or tsunami.
“State Farm has been a generous long-term supporter of the Red Cross. We are grateful to them for helping our community to be better supplied and prepared in case of an earthquake, flood or fire,” said Red Cross Regional CEO Tim Miller.
The State Farm grant will allow for the American Red Cross to ready countless more people in the event of a catastrophic disaster. The grant will also support supplies for readiness to help people respond to disasters in their community quickly and efficiently. A portion of the donation will also support year-round direct disaster response and intermediate and advanced disaster response training throughout Northwestern California.
“The Red Cross plays a critical role in assisting communities prepare for and respond to disasters. I am proud to work for a company that understands the importance of investing in the safety of our local communities,” said Crescent City State Farm Agent, Mary Dorman.
William Newlin, State Farm retiree and member of the Red Cross Board of Directors serving Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties, also expressed delight with his former employer for their generous donation.
“I’m so pleased that State Farm continues to support the Red Cross with their donations. As a result, the Red Cross and State Farm will support important public safety and disaster recovery programs throughout the Redwood Empire,” Newlin said.
About American Red Cross, Serving Sonoma, Mendocino And Lake Counties
American Red Cross is a neutral, humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters, and prepares people to prevent and respond to emergencies. Like all Red Cross chapters, the local chapter is self-sustaining and is funded by local contributions. All assistance to disaster victims and to members of the armed forces provided by the Chapter is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money by the people of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Donations can be made at www.arcsm.org, www.redcross.org, via mail to American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or by phone at (707) 577-7627 (Sonoma and Lake Counties), (707) 463-0112 (Mendocino County).Contact
Sevag A. Sarkissian, State Farm Insurance Media Inquiries, (510) 596-1639
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