On the heels of Harvey, the American Red Cross is now helping southeastern U.S. residents as recovery begins following Irma.
In support of these efforts, the Nationwide Foundation has announced an additional $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross. This is in addition to the recent $500,000 contribution in response to Harvey, for a total of $1 million committed.
“The ability to respond to two major disasters in as many weeks is a testament to the experience and preparedness of the American Red Cross,” says Steve Rasmussen, CEO of Nationwide and chairman of the Nationwide Foundation Board of Trustees. “We’ve seen first-hand the Red Cross’ ability and efficiency in providing initial relief and support, and know that our financial gift is the optimal way to help them help others.”
In disaster response situations like Irma impacting Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Red Cross conducts rapid needs assessments and mobilizes emergency supplies like blankets, food, water and blood to prepare communities before the disaster hits, then helps families recover after with shelter and basic needs.