MPC recently awarded $150,000 to the American Red Cross of Alaska for a new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). The next generation ERV will be specially equipped for the Alaskan climate and will expand existing capacity for a broader response reach across the state. Kenai Refinery VP Cameron Hunt and Government and Public Affairs Manager Casey Sullivan presented the check to the Red Cross at a meeting of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
“Marathon Petroleum Corporation is proud to partner with organizations like the Red Cross of Alaska, and to underwrite the acquisition of a new Emergency Response Vehicle to serve our communities,” said Sullivan. “At MPC, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees, disaster preparedness training and helping our friends and neighbors when needs arise.”
The need for the ERV to respond to relief efforts is particularly significant in light of last week’s earthquake, the second largest in Alaska ’s recent history. ERVs help the Red Cross reach families whose homes have burned, act as lifelines for disaster survivors, and enable them to deliver water, food and supplies right to people’s curbs.
“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support and critical partnership of Marathon,” said Kelley McGuirk, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross of Alaska. “Having a new ERV in our fleet will ensure our communities are supported and will allow us be more strategic about our response to disasters in Alaska. Marathon’s investment will keep disaster survivors fed, our shelters stocked and our residents warm and out of the elements.”