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Prepare Bay Area Initiative Trains More Than One Million People in Disaster Preparedness
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By Lalit Nadkarni, Volunteer, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
July 15, 2009

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter celebrated a major milestone last month, reaching its goal of training one million people in disaster preparedness skills.

This number represents nearly one in every four people in the region who have taken our three key steps to Be Red Cross Ready: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed. The Prepare Bay Area initiative was launched approximately four years ago in order to empower our community to become resilient to disaster.

“We’ve come a long way in making the Bay Area one of the most prepared regions in the nation,” said Harold Brooks, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

During the Annual Meeting and Partner Recognition Event in June, the Red Cross acknowledged the efforts of partners, volunteers and employees from throughout the Bay Area who were crucial to achieving this preparedness goal. 

As part of the initiative, educational materials and hands-on training were provided to residents in the six Bay Area counties. A special focus was placed on underserved communities, which tend to be most adversely affected by disaster, and face the most difficult road to recovery.

A donation of $1million from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. helped transform the Prepare Bay Area initiative from dream into reality. Also,Catholic Healthcare West’s donation of more than $250,000 provided the Red Cross with the funds to extend the campaign throughout the community. The Red Cross would like to thank both sponsors for their generous contributions.

Training one million people to take action in preparedness over the course of four years is a phenomenal feat. The Red Cross will continue this ongoing mission to get the Bay Area community ready for disaster, and attempt to reach even more people in the future.

Interested in getting yourself and your family prepared? Take our online Be Red Cross Ready Online Training.


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