National Red Cross Volunteer to Carry Olympic Torch Through Salt Lake City

American Red Cross
Thursday, 7 February 2002

Jon M. Huntsman to pass First Aid Stations he helped make possible

Red Cross Board of Governor Jon Huntsman carries the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City.

When American Red Cross workers at the Salt Lake Area Chapter learned that the Olympic Games would be held in their city in 2002, their immediate reaction was one of excitement, quickly followed by an aggressive plan to build their capacity to respond to any natural or man-made disaster that might occur during the three week period. Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman of Huntsman Corporation-the largest corporation in Utah- graciously agreed to help the Red Cross get ready for the Games. Through a significant financial gift of $300,000, this Red Cross national board of governor ensured that the role of the Red Cross would be more extensive than just handing out Band-Aids.

"Our goal from the beginning of the planning meetings in early 1998 was to make sure that the Red Cross met our mission of helping residents prevent, prepare for and respond to any emergencies that might happen during the Games," said Susan Sheehan, American Red Cross chief executive officer, Salt Lake Area Chapter. "Because of the support we received from the Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation, we are prepared to save lives during the Games."

Huntsman will carry the torch through the streets of Salt Lake City on Thursday, February 07, 2002, right past Red Cross workers providing first aid to Olympic spectators. He will pick up the torch at 300 North and State Street and travel south approximately 1.5 blocks.

Because of the support of the Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation the Red Cross will provide:

- 35 first aid teams equipped with life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) in the event any spectator suffers sudden cardiac arrest

- More than 600 Red Cross volunteers with more than 20,000 hours of emergency response training

- First aid stations at 15 events where crowds will gather

- 24-hour shelters in the region for victims of disasters, large or small, including victims of residential fires (Because area hotels will be full of Olympic-goers, any fire victim who is displaced from his or her home will have access to lodging in Red Cross shelters.)

- 35 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) for mobile feeding purposes, 13,000 cots, 26,000 blankets and 13,000 comfort kits with hygiene supplies

"If we learned anything on September 11, the Red Cross learned that we must be prepared in new ways before a disaster happens," said Sheehan. "We have to anticipate the needs of victims before they need us. The Olympics has provided the Utah chapters of the Red Cross the opportunity to build our volunteer base, our financial base, and teach people about all of the life-saving services provided by local Red Cross chapters across America. It's been an amazing experience, and one that wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of Jon M. Huntsman."

Jon M. Huntsman has served on the American Red Cross National Board of Governors since 1997, serving as the chair of the International Services Committee. Huntsman Corporation is a family-owned business that employs 14,000 people in 44 countries. In July 2000, Mr. Huntsman was ranked the third most generous philanthropist in the United States, having given away more than $350 million.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to saving lives, easing suffering and restoring hope at home and around the world. Currently operating on a budget of $2.7 billion, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to the victims of more than 67,000 disasters nationwide and has been the primary supplier of lifesaving blood and blood products in the United States for more than 50 years. Each year, the Red Cross trains approximately 12 million people in vital lifesaving skills and delivers more than 21 million locally relevant community services. The organization also assists international disaster and conflict victims around the globe, and its emergency communication centers processes approximately 1.2 million calls in support of U.S. military families.

For more information, or to contact American Red Cross, see their website at: www.redcross.org

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