Disaster Preparedness and Response
Grainger’s partnerships, products and people enable the company to provide vital resources to prepare for and respond to disasters. Grainger has donated more than $16 million in cash and product to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross since 2001. Grainger is also a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), providing cash and product before disasters strike so the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of individuals and families.
In 2015, Grainger donated 11,000 smoke detectors to support the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The campaign has a goal of reducing home fire-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. by 25 percent over five years. Since launching the campaign in 2014, the American Red Cross has installed 150,000 smoke alarms and reached more than 500,000 people with fire safety information.
Grainger is the National Founding Sponsor of the Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes® (RWTC) corporate volunteer program in the U.S., and Acklands–Grainger is the National Founding Partner of RWTC in Canada. More than 1,550 Grainger and Acklands–Grainger team members have been trained as RWTC volunteers. Volunteers have helped the Red Cross respond to fires, floods and storms and have also become important preparedness partners, helping the Red Cross with disaster relief product kitting and smoke alarm installations.
Grainger is also the National Launch Sponsor of the American Red Cross Volunteer Connection, an online volunteer management system used to recruit and engage volunteers. Since Volunteer Connection launched in 2013, the Red Cross has processed more than 400,000 volunteer registrations through the site.
We are very grateful for Grainger’s continuing support. The most common disasters that we respond to are home fires. Grainger’s remarkable commitment to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign has been instrumental in assisting individuals and families to prepare for and prevent home fires—and is literally helping us to save lives.
PRESIDENT AND CEO,
AMERICAN RED CROSS