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UGI and American Red Cross Provide Emergency Preparedness Kits and Training to Senior Citizens

03 Jun 2014

UGI Utilities, Inc. provided support and assistance in the distribution of Emergency Preparedness Kits to participants during the American Red Cross Senior Preparedness Education Program today at the Columbia Senior Center. Kits included an emergency poncho, blanket, hand warmers, drinking water pouch, light stick, whistle, breathing mask and a variety of basic first aid materials.

UGI funded the cost of the Emergency Preparedness Kits as part of the Company’s recent $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross. With the donation, UGI became the inaugural sponsor for the Senior Preparedness Education Program launched by the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania.

“UGI is pleased to join the American Red Cross in promoting emergency preparedness through education sessions in our communities,” Keith Dorman, UGI director of communications and community relations, said. “We are proud to deepen our partnership with the American Red Cross, which will assist in the delivery of essential programs and services to residents of Central Pennsylvania.”

The American Red Cross stressed the importance of UGI’s contribution in helping expand their services in the region.

“The American Red Cross is committed to serving our communities,” Ellen Kyzer, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania, said. “We are fortunate to have UGI’s support and assistance in facilitating education sessions and distributing Emergency Preparedness Kits in order to promote senior preparedness, fire safety and prevention, and disaster services.”

The Senior Preparedness Education Program is designed to help older Pennsylvanians be aware and better prepared in a disaster or emergency situation. Older adults are especially susceptible to injury and death by fire, therefore a portion of the program is dedicated to fire safety. The American Red Cross is working with senior centers and communities to host safety presentations and to provide the seniors with take-home preparedness material.  

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Information on the American Red Cross can be found at www.redcross.org or www.facebook.com/redcross.

Additional information on the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania is available at www.redcross.org/centralPA; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RedCross_CentPA; and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SQValleyRedCross

Additional information on the American Red Cross serving Northeast Pennsylvania can be found
at www.redcross.org/pa/bethlehem or at www.redcross.org/pa/reading, as well as on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/redcrossglv and www.facebook.com/berksredcrosschapter.

Kathy Smyser, American Red Cross,  717.475.7964

About UGI Utilities

UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves 660,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.  Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.

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