Monsanto Leaders Provide Disaster Assistance Kits
June 23, 2014
Maria Belding, Alliance to End Hunger
In early May, Monsanto’s senior leadership united to do a volunteer event following their Management Advisory Council meeting. Together, they packaged 2,000 Red Cross emergency relief kits—assembling the 12-item mesh bags for use in disaster relief efforts. Monsanto then held a vote among participating leadership to determine which of several nonprofit groups would receive the kits, with the Alliance to End Hunger honored as the selected NGO.
The emergency kits are designed to be utilized quickly and effectively in areas ravaged by hurricanes, tornados, flash flooding, earthquakes and other crises. Formulated by the American Red Cross, the contents of the bag were selected to address as broad of a range of potential emergencies scenarios as possible while remaining easily portable and shelf-stable. The result is a bag packed by the experts, with contents including light sources with an LED flashlight and glowstick; first aid supplies consisting of bandages, gloves, and an instructional booklet; and safe, edible provisions in the form of clean water and a protein bar; as well as a blanket, rain poncho, whistle and hand sanitizer.
Given the Alliance’s unique position as a coordinator of multi-sector collaboration across varying goals and expertise, the Alliance decided that the best use of the kits would be through Alliance membership, which could distribute them most effectively to people in need. The 2,000 kits have been split among Lutheran Disaster Response, Islamic Relief USA, and World Renew; all of which provide critical emergency response following domestic disasters. “We are pleased to be able to provide these life-saving kits to such capable organizations,” stated the Alliance’s Amb. Tony Hall. “This is once again proof of the strength of our coalition, and I want to thank Monsanto once again for their leadership in this effort.”
If you would like to become better equipped to handle an emergency, please visit www.redcross.org/prepare for tips to plan and prepare for your family’s safety.