LINCOLN, R.I. - Amica Mutual Insurance Co., based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is partnering with the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region for Ready 365’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As part of the partnership, Amica has contributed $25,000 to the campaign.
“We’re grateful to Amica for this generous gift and for helping us to launch our Ready 365 program in this region,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “Amica’s partnership is key in helping us educate communities on fire safety.”
“This partnership represents a commitment by Amica to the health and safety of our customers and employees,” said Sean Welch, vice president in Amica’s claims department and a Red Cross board member. “We’re very proud to be part of the effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by home fires.”
Amica’s contribution will support American Red Cross emergency preparedness and response services in Connecticut and Rhode Island, in particular, with the goal of reducing injuries and deaths from home fires.
“When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there to provide immediate assistance with housing, food and other emergency needs,” Bruno said. “Through this campaign, we work proactively to help families be better prepared for the residential fires that make up the majority of our local disaster responses.”
Last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 1,000 local disasters in Connecticut and Rhode Island – most of them residential fires. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will bring Red Cross volunteers into communities to educate residents about fire safety and fire escape planning, as well as to install smoke alarms free of charge.
“The presence of working smoke alarms in a home can cut in half the risk of dying in a fire,” Bruno said. “Early warning, combined with a personal escape plan, can provide the precious minutes a family needs to safely escape a fire.”
Through the partnership, Amica employees will have the opportunity to volunteer with the Red Cross. Amica will also share safety information and tips from the Red Cross during the campaign.
(PHOTO INFO: From left, Meredith Gregory, communications specialist at Amica Insurance; Sean Welch, vice president in the claims executive department at Amica Insurance; Richard Branigan, chief administrative officer at American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island; Bob Garguilo, senior director of resource development and corporate partnerships at American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island.)