SAN JOSE, CA (December 7, 2011)
- The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter rolled out
a new mobile emergency response vehicle (ERV) last month that will
be used to distribute food, water, and other supplies in times of
disaster. The new ERV was purchased thanks to a $100K donation from
NetApp is a long-time partner of the Silicon
Valley Chapter and a corporate leader in community preparedness.
Like the Red Cross, NetApp realizes the importance for individuals,
families, and companies to be prepared in case of a disaster.
NetApp's vision is to build a model company and to deliver the best
possible results for the communities it serves by living a set of
core values. NetApp's work with organizations like the Red Cross is
an example of these core values and exemplifies the company's
culture of giving and its commitment to philanthropy.
"Disaster preparedness is something NetApp
takes very seriously, and we are thrilled to be able to work with
the American Red Cross to deliver a new ERV that will go a long way
in helping to provide critical food and supplies to people in
need," said Gwen McDonald, EVP of Human Resources, NetApp.
In addition to purchasing the actual vehicle,
NetApp's donation to the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter
also includes funds to cover annual vehicle gas and maintenance
costs, driver training courses for six people, and community
disaster education materials.
The new ERV joins a fleet of more than 300
Red Cross emergency vehicles that are ready to respond to disasters
around the country, including one other ERV stationed in San Jose.
During a large-scale disaster, a single ERV serves 300 meals twice
a day to people relying on the Red Cross for food and water.
NetApp's donation significantly increases the capacity of the
Silicon Valley Chapter to serve our local community as well as
nationally. The new ERV, which features the NetApp logo as a way to
recognize their generous contribution, will be stationed in Silicon
Valley, home of NetApp's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.
"Through our partnership with generous
companies like NetApp, the Red Cross is able to respond to disaster
victims at a moment's notice," said American Red Cross Silicon
Valley CEO Barbara Larkin. "This new emergency response vehicle can
transport 2,000 pounds of emergency supplies and will help the Red
Cross meet the needs of our neighbors in Silicon Valley."
Home fires and other disasters strike in
Silicon Valley every 68 hours. Families must evacuate their homes,
many times with nothing but the clothes on their back and the few
things they can carry. American Red Cross ERVs and volunteers are
among the first on the disaster scene, stocked with food, water and
critical supplies that give support and comfort to local residents
who have lost everything.
If you are interested in becoming trained to
respond to disasters with the American Red Cross or want to make a
donation to help fill our new vehicle with supplies, contact your
local Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter at 1-877-727-6771 or visit
About American Red Cross Silicon
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit,
humanitarian organization that depends on the generous
contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents
and companies to provide services and programs that help our
community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more
information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes,
volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our
website at www.siliconvalley-redcross.org
or call us at 1-877-727-6771.
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