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December 7, 2000
Support From Alcoa Foundation And Alcoa Provides Vital Links For American Red Cross
PITTSBURGH--December 7, 2000--
$150,000 in satellite phones, grant monies extend global outreach
In a combined effort to advance American Red Cross disaster preparedness
and relief efforts, Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa have provided $150,000 in
cash and equipment to support American Red Cross communications and
training programs worldwide. Alcoa Foundation has provided a grant of
$75,000 for CPR mannequins and other lifesaving training in nine
countries worldwide. Alcoa has donated portable satellite phones valued
at more than $75,000 to provide vital communications lines following
disasters. Alcoa originally purchased the phones to maintain
uninterrupted communications during potential outages related to Y2K.
Training the Trainer
Alcoa Foundation's $75,000 grant to the American Red Cross will provide
CPR mannequins to support Red Cross and Red Crescent Society training
programs in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Peru, Poland, Russia,
Spain, St. Croix and Suriname. The American Red Cross, in cooperation
with its sister societies worldwide, empowers more than 11 million
people with lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. By 'training
the trainer,' the organization transfers the latest techniques and
methods to instructors, who in turn share these skills with individuals
who use them to save countless lives annually.
Lifelines from Alcoa
Emergency communications provide a vital link between Red Cross workers
providing aid and relief immediately following a disaster. Frequently,
the nature of the disaster wipes out the infrastructure necessary to
support communications. Alcoa's donation of portable satellite
telephones will enable American Red Cross workers to stay in touch
despite hardship conditions. The satellite phones are ideal for
emergency situations because they can operate without the traditional
infrastructure required for other types of telecommunications.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina. It is active in all major segments of the
industry. It has more than 300 operating locations in 36 countries.
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively
invests in improving the quality of life in more than 25 countries
around the world where Alcoa operates. Its mission is to enhance and
strengthen educational opportunities, health and human services, the
environment and cultural endeavors for people in Alcoa locations
worldwide. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit Alcoa's
web site at www.alcoa.com under "Getting To Know Alcoa."
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping make families and
communities safer at home and around the world. A humanitarian service
organization currently operating on a budget of $2.7 billion, the
American Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to the victims of more than
63,000 disasters nationwide and has been the primary supplier of
lifesaving blood and blood products in the United States for more than
50 years. The American Red Cross also trains more than 11.7 million
people in vital lifesaving skills, provides direct health services to
2.5 million people, provides more than 24 million locally relevant
community services, assists international disaster and conflict victims
in more than 50 countries, and transmits nearly 1.4 million emergency
messages between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Dr. Bernadine Healy is president and CEO of the American Red Cross.
Kathleen W. Buechel
American Red Cross