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PLATTSBURGH — The Red Cross of Northeastern New York (NENY) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Farm insurance company. Of the total award, $15,000 will go to Red Cross preparedness programs and $10,000 will go toward disaster response throughout the 17-county NENY region.
“We are extremely grateful to State Farm for awarding us this grant, and we are looking forward to using the funds to help people prepare for disasters and assist them when they happen,” said Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “State Farm is a great partner, and we appreciate their support of these important programs.”
The grants are from State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants, which support education and safety training offered by non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies. Disaster preparedness and recovery are two of the eligible safety grant categories.
“State Farm is proud to support the Red Cross as it helps the people of New York recover from the unexpected,” said State Farm Community Specialist Naomi Johnson. “Like a good neighbor, the Red Cross is there to help people when the unthinkable happens.”
Funds will be used to support preparedness training, such as Be Red Cross Ready, which teaches individuals, families, businesses and students the basic steps that should be taken to prepare for emergencies. Other preparedness programs include Children Alone Preparedness Education (CAPE), which teaches children to safely be alone at home, and Citizen CPR, which provides basic, hands-only CPR training in 20 minutes. Last year, the Red Cross NENY Preparedness Team trained nearly 19,600 individuals in disaster preparedness.
Funds will also support Red Cross disaster-response efforts, from assisting families after house fires with lodging, food and clothing, to larger responses like floods and storms. Last year, NENY responded to 374 disasters affecting 632 families across the region.