HUMMER Adds to American Red Cross Disaster Response Capability
* H2 and H3 response vehicles donated to chapters in New York, California, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, North Carolina and national headquarters in Washington D.C.
* New models join 19 HUMMER Red Cross response vehicles in service around the country
DETROIT - As part of a six-year commitment to the American Red Cross, HUMMER and the GM Foundation will deliver 12 more HUMMER vehicles to Red Cross locations across the U.S. Red Cross chapters in Long Island, NY; San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Ana, and Santa Clara, Calif.; Dallas; Houston; Tampa, Fla.; Winston-Salem, NC; Scott, La.; and Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C. will receive a combination of H2 and H3 vehicles to strengthen their emergency readiness and disaster response capability.
HUMMER’s relationship with the American Red Cross began in 2004, with a commitment to provide the organization with 72 vehicles that includes a combination of H1, H2 and H3 models, as well as $100,000 each year from the GM Foundation.
Today, there are 19 HUMMER models in service with the Red Cross. These vehicles have been used in response to many disasters, including areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; flooding in Orange County, New York; and wildfires in California. The vehicles also support chapters in delivery of local programs and services.
“For more than 100 years, American Red Cross chapters have been at the frontline delivering aid and assistance to communities in times of crisis,” said Martin Walsh, HUMMER General Manager “HUMMER and the GM Foundation are proud to support this mission with the purpose-built H2 and H3. The unparalleled capabilities of a HUMMER make them the ideal disaster response vehicle.”
“We are grateful to HUMMER and the GM Foundation for their continued generosity and longstanding support,” said Kathleen Loehr, interim senior vice president of Development for the American Red Cross. “Their donations of vehicles and financial assistance have helped enable our chapters to do extraordinary things in their communities every day.”
To help make communication and navigation easier for Red Cross volunteers, each donated H2 and H3 will be equipped with complimentary OnStar services, including hands-free calling minutes and OnStar’s “Directions and Connections” plan. It provides drivers with driving directions, and help finding hotels, gas, and other destinations. It also includes air bag deployment notification to OnStar advisors, remote vehicle diagnostics, remote door unlock and other emergency help. The donated vehicles will also include GM’s Major Guard Protection extended service coverage.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
HUMMER is a division of General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, which employs about 321,000 people globally. HUMMER is one of the world’s fastest growing truck brands, with sales in 34 countries. The HUMMER product line-up consists of the H2, H2 SUT, H3, H3x and H3 Alpha. There are 170 HUMMER dealers nationwide.
The GM Foundation was established in 1976 to support the philanthropic interests and business priorities of General Motors Corporation. GM Foundation programs and initiatives are focused on bringing better mobility to people and communities worldwide.
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