PG&E Supports Customers, Communities Impacted by August Wildfires in Northern California
PG&E to Contribute $150,000 to American Red Cross and California Association of Food Banks
The PG&E Corporation Foundation to Match up to $50,000 in Employee Donations to Select Nonprofits, for a Total of Up To $100,000
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today an initial set of charitable commitments totaling $150,000 to support residents displaced and impacted by recent wildfires across Northern California. PG&E’s charitable funding will be allocated to the following organizations to support shelter activations, food bank operations, and other relief programs:
- $100,000 to the American Red Cross’ California Wildfire Relief Fund for shelters and community support
- $50,000 to the California Association of Food Banks’ Rapid Response Fund to support food insecurity relief
Additionally, The PG&E Corporation Foundation (The Foundation) has committed to matching up to $50,000 in PG&E employee contributions to wildfire relief. The Foundation will match employee contributions to five featured charities supporting wildfire assistance. The employee contributions and 1:1 matching funds total up to $100,000 in support. The featured nonprofits include local community foundations and other organizations that are providing ongoing support to wildfire impacted communities throughout PG&E’s service area.
In total, the PG&E, employee and The Foundation contributions will provide up to $250,000 in charitable funding in this first phase of emergency relief to communities impacted by wildfires in 2020.
“There are so many people in our communities who need help right now as these devastating wildfires continue to burn,” said Robert Kenney, PG&E Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs. “PG&E is grateful for the services that the American Red Cross, the California Association of Food Banks, and other organizations are providing, and we are here to support them. We also appreciate our employees who have a long and generous history of giving back to communities in need.”
In PG&E’s service area, the Red Cross has opened more than a dozen facilities in the Santa Cruz area, and portions of the North and Central Valleys. Customers can visit www.redcross.org/shelter to find available locations near them.
For the past week, PG&E has been onsite and working around the clock with first responders, local agencies and CAL FIRE in communities impacted by wildfires.
These charitable donations will come from PG&E shareholders, employees and The Foundation, not PG&E’s customers.
PG&E Reminds Customers to Prepare for Emergencies
PG&E is reminding its customers to get ready for natural disasters before they happen. Among the actions PG&E encourages its customers to take:
- Prepare an emergency plan and conduct an emergency drill with your family.
- Prepare an evacuation plan for your home. Each room should have at least two ways to escape in case one is blocked. Establish a place where your family can reunite.
- Update your contact information with PG&E so the company can contact you with important safety alerts and updates during wildfire season.
- Establish an alternative way to contact others who are not home, such as an out-of-the-area telephone contact.
- Prepare and maintain an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies on hand to be self-sufficient for at least three days, and preferably up to one week.
- Know where the main electric switch is and how to turn off your electric supply.
Customers can find more tips at www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news