'National Fire Prevention Week -- Practice Your Escape Plan,' October 7-13,
Is Backdrop for $300,000 Verizon Grant to Help Red Cross and World
Institute on Disability Better Serve People With Disabilities
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Institute on Disability and the American Red Cross will announce the creation of an innovative national training, awareness and action program to help volunteers better serve people with disabilities during disasters. Details of the national training program, which is funded through a $300,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, will be announced Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 9:30 a.m. at Union Square.
WHO: The Office of the Mayor; Patrick Gaston, president, Verizon
Foundation; Harold Brooks, CEO, American Red Cross Bay Area
Chapter; Kathy Martinez, World Institute for Disabilities.
WHAT: News conference announcing new World Institute on Disability
partnership with American Red Cross. The American Red Cross and
WID officials will demonstrate how the new program will enable
responders to better assist people with disabilities.
Additionally, preparedness training information will be available
for the public at Union Square, courtesy of the American Red Cross
Bay Area Chapter.
VISUAL: Red Cross volunteers will be distributing preparedness information
to the public; coffee and donuts will be served from the Red Cross
ERV (emergency response vehicle); the Red Cross mobile command
vehicle and a mini mock-shelter will be on display.
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 10
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Union Square, at the corner of Geary and Powell streets, San
BACKGROUND: The American Red Cross constantly innovates and incorporates
new learning to improve services, including those to
vulnerable populations: people with disabilities, the
elderly, children and low-income communities. In the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross saw a
need to improve outreach and response to vulnerable
The World Institute on Disability, which received a $300,000
grant from the Verizon Foundation to create the training
program, will develop a system that will train first
responders to better serve the needs of people with
disabilities, elevate awareness of the need and create a
pilot program. After the pilot program is completed, training
will be done in 10 regions throughout the country, including
the San Francisco Bay Area.
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