A private nonprofit organization funded by AAA Insurance announced in Burlingame a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross to fund training and preparedness efforts for the public.
The donation was made by the Community Safety Foundation, whose creation was announced Wednesday along with the donation at a news conference attended by AAA and Bay Area Red Cross officials in Burlingame.
American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter CEO Harold Brooks said the donation will help provide free disaster preparedness training to thousands of members of the public where AAA Insurance operates, including the Bay Area.
Brooks said the donation "marks one of the biggest one-time donations" to the American Red Cross by a nonprofit funded by an insurance company.
AAA Insurance CEO Paula Downey and Community Safety Foundation President Rose Guilbault were among those who attended Wednesday's announcement.
Downey said the American Red Cross was a "natural fit" for the nonprofit because "both organizations are dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives after tragedy strikes."
The foundation's donation will support the Red Cross' Ready Rating program, which helps businesses, organizations and schools better prepare for emergencies.
The donation will also provide 200 organizations that sign up for free disaster preparedness training with complimentary backpacks filled with disaster essentials.
According to a Community Safety Foundation spokeswoman, the foundation's mission is to improve the safety and security of the community through education programs.
-- Bay City News