Release date: December 11, 2018
ANCHORAGE – The BP Foundation has donated $50,000 to The American Red Cross of Alaska to provide emergency relief and aid to those affected by the recent Alaska earthquake.
It also will match dollar-for-dollar donations that BP employees make to the charity or a local disaster relief organization of their choice to support relief efforts.
“Alaskans have shown incredible resiliency after this disaster, but we know it will take a long time for many to recover,” said Janet Weiss, president of BP Alaska. “We hope this donation will provide much-needed assistance to Alaskans impacted by the earthquake.”
BP Alaska has long supported disaster preparedness efforts of The American Red Cross of Alaska. In addition to providing emergency aid, the BP Foundation donation will support The American Red Cross of Alaska's long-term disaster response capabilities.
“BP Alaska’s support of our Alaska Ready initiative is absolutely a contributing factor to why we were ready to respond and assist during the earthquake,” said Tanguy Libbrecht, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Alaska.
BP is a global producer of oil and gas with operations in 70 countries. BP has a larger economic footprint in the U.S. than in any other nation, and it has invested more than $100 billion here since 2005. BP employs about 14,000 people across the U.S. and supports more than 111,000 additional jobs through all its business activities. For more information on BP in America, visit www.bp.com/us.
Notes to Editors:
- The BP Foundation is a separate legal entity from BP and accounts independently for its operations, assets, liabilities and expenses. Since 2008, it has donated more than $145 million to charitable organizations in the U.S.
- BP employs more than 1,500 people in Alaska and operates the entire Prudhoe Bay oil field, the third-largest oil field in the U.S. by proved reserves and the most productive U.S. oil field of all time. Annually BP contributes more than $3 million to education and community organizations in Alaska.
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