TOPEKA — American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter today received 5 Briggs & Stratton generators and three pressure washers as part of a large donation to help the organization better prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies in communities throughout the country.
The donation by Briggs & Stratton includes 847 generators and 483 pressure washers to Red Cross chapters in disaster-prone locations across the United States and Puerto Rico.
“The generators can supply power at disaster shelters and service centers during relief operations and even power devices within our chapter’s offices,” said Susanne Gilmore, Emergency Services Director. “We’ll use the pressure washers to wash cots and food containers after disasters and for other cleaning projects.”
“When disasters strike, the Red Cross is there helping neighbors and communities, and Briggs & Stratton is proud to be a part of that critical response,” said Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation.
Briggs & Stratton is delivering the generators and pressure washers in advance of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season to coastal regions as well as areas prone to spring tornadoes.
The first shipments will go to Red Cross chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin (home to Briggs & Stratton) and Puerto Rico. Distribution of all units to Red Cross locations should be completed by the fall.
Through the donation of this equipment, Briggs & Stratton joins other corporate members in the Annual Disaster Giving Program, which enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster by helping build a reliable funding base for disaster relief services.