The American Red Cross has announced cash and in-kind pledges totaling more than $65 million from a hundred and ten companies, foundations, and organizations in support of disaster-preparedness efforts.
Announced during National Preparedness Month, the commitments are a record for the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program, which was launched a decade ago to provide the Red Cross with funds needed to strengthen its infrastructure, train volunteers, develop innovative technology, and provide critical resources in response to urgent needs during the disaster-recovery process. In August, as Hurricane Dorian was threatening the Bahamas, Florida, and the Southeast, support from ADGP and Disaster Responder members enabled the Red Cross to staff emergency operation centers, open shelters, organize post-storm damage assessment teams, and mobilize emergency response vehicles.
ADGP members that contributed at least $1 million to the fund in 2019 include American Airlines, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, the Anthem Foundation, Bank of America, the Caterpillar Foundation, the Clorox Company, Costco Wholesale, Delta Air Lines, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, FedEx, the Home Depot Foundation, Latter-day Saint Charities, the Lilly Endowment, Lowe's Companies, Mazda North American Operations, Microsoft Corp., the Nationwide Foundation, State Farm, Verizon, VSP Global, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, the Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo.
"This year, we've responded to disasters of all sizes, from record-setting severe weather, flooding, and tornadoes to home fires across the country," said American Red Cross president and CEO Gail McGovern. "Through the generous support of ADGP and Disaster Responder members, the Red Cross is ready at any time to respond to disasters with food, shelter, relief supplies, and comfort. No matter where the emergency occurs, or how large the disaster is, their contributions ensure we are immediately on the ground to help impacted individuals and families."