PUBLISHED: 3:59 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
American Red Cross of Alaska receives $10,000 grant from The Home Depot
American Red Cross of Alaska has received a $10,000 grant from The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, to help Alaskans throughout the state become better prepared and able to respond to local disasters.

This is the second consecutive year in which the chapter has been awarded a grant through this program.

The Home Depot/American Red Cross Chapter Grants Program is part of a three-year multi-million dollar strategic partnership between The Home Depot and the Red Cross to educate one million people in disaster preparedness and to support Red Cross disaster readiness efforts.

The goal of reaching one million people was surpassed in year two of the partnership. The Home Depot and the Red Cross have remained committed to building stronger and safer communities. The Home Depot also provides year-round in-kind donations to local chapters for disaster relief efforts, in-store preparedness clinics developed with Red Cross expertise, and funding for Red Cross diversity and emergency services program manager training.

Nationwide last year, The Home Depot/American Red Cross Chapter Grants Program reached, trained and educated approximately 315,000 people. Specialized disaster preparedness programs included outreach to Somali, Latino, Vietnamese, young people and deaf/hearing-impaired communities.

This year, the grant will be used to collaborate with Home Depot staff and facilities to educate and provide materials and supplies for home, wildfire, earthquake, wilderness, fire and general preparedness.

Volunteers will work to expand general awareness of how to ensure your family is prepared for a large or small scale disaster through informational booths in local Home Depot stores.

"This grant will allow American Red Cross of Alaska to continue our ongoing educational efforts with communities throughout the state.

"These funds will enable us to distribute materials and information that may save somebody's life by educating them on the importance of having a family disaster kit on hand," said Michelle Houlihan, Executive Director of the Alaska Chapter of Red Cross.

"By partnering with the Red Cross, we are providing our communities with additional tools to help them rebound quickly and completely,"said Kelly Caffarelli, President of The Home Depot Foundation.

According to a company release, as the world's largest home improvement retailer The Home Depot embraces its role as a leader in social responsibility and celebrates its long-standing commitment to volunteerism.

Another important component of The Home Depot's disaster relief program is educating communities on the importance of disaster preparedness to help minimize the loss associated with devastating events.