The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light Prepare Greater Boston Residents for Emergencies and Natural Disasters

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The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light Prepare Greater Boston Residents for Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Hundreds to build free disaster preparedness kits at the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival, July 24

WHAT:     The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light are bringing their 14-city disaster preparation tour and education campaign to Greater Boston on July 24, 2015.

WHY:        After surviving a winter of record-breaking snowfall, subzero temperatures, ice storms, and numerous heat and power outages, Massachusetts residents are being called to prepare for the potential damaging effects of future storms well before they hit.

Research shows 85 percent of Americans are unprepared for disaster and nearly half lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster. Poor disaster preparation leads to a needless loss of property and lives. Extreme weather lead to 25 deaths in Massachusetts during the winter of 2015, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Together with The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, is raising public awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness by providing materials to help keep residents safe at home.

Boston Cares, a local Points of Light affiliate with a Disaster Action Recovery Team, will be onsite to help educate residents about disaster preparedness in our region. Community volunteers and local Allstate agency owners will work side-by-side to help hundreds of Greater Boston residents build a free disaster kits they can use to keep safe in the event of a disaster or unforeseen emergency. The free kits include a hand-crank flashlight, first aid kit, cleaning supplies and other items proven to keep people safe and prepared. This event is designed to educate Boston residents on the importance of preparedness.

WHEN:     Friday July 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Revere, MA

Location: Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival; booth located between Beach Street and Chestnut Ave.

Photo opportunities of residents preparing disaster preparedness kits and learning about the
importance of disaster preparation. One-on-one interviews will be available.

ON-SITE CONTACT:

Kirby Franzese (781) 526-9252 kirby@teakmedia.com