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International Rescue Committee Receives Major Grant from AIG to Boost Emergency Preparedness
The International Rescue Committee has received $600,000 from American International Group, Inc. (AIG) to boost the IRC's ability to respond to humanitarian emergencies on short notice.

AIG's support will enable the IRC to establish a logistics and storage base in Dubai, U.A.E. From this strategic location, the IRC will be able to rapidly dispatch supplies to Africa, Asia, and Europe, enabling teams on the ground to quickly begin services that could save thousands of lives in the first days and weeks of an emergency.

“Given that humanitarian emergencies often occur with little warning, the Dubai Operational Center will ensure that we are better equipped to deploy vital supplies at the outset,” said IRC President George Rupp. “The AIG Corporate Giving Program is committed to enhancing emergency preparedness in the field, and we are grateful for their support.”

The logistics center will be stocked with water supply equipment, medical supplies, plastic sheeting, blankets, tents, generators, modular offices and housing for staff, and other critical materials.

“People often ask me what corporations can do to most effectively address emergencies in communities around the world,” said Martin J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG. “As a global financial services firm with deep expertise in risk management, we know that advance planning and preparation will save lives when acute emergencies arise. AIG is proud to support the IRC's efforts to expedite life-saving services to the world's most vulnerable populations.”

Bob Kitchen, a member of IRC's Emergency Response Team, said his recent experience starting up emergency programs in Central African Republic highlights how AIG's grant will be put to use. “When we arrived there, we found homes, schools, and health clinics looted and destroyed. Villagers had to flee their homes quickly, and they had lost everything. In situations like this, having stocks of items like blankets and water purifiers on hand for quick delivery will vastly increase our ability to provide immediate care in crisis situations. AIG's gift will help us do that.”

AIG's support will also help fund innovative training and technology to strengthen the preparedness abilities of the IRC's Emergency Response Team.

Since 1995, AIG has supported the IRC through unrestricted support for the IRC's lifesaving programs. In October 2005, after a devastating earthquake struck South Asia, AIG, its employees and affiliates contributed major funding through the AIG Disaster Relief Fund to the IRC's efforts to provide relief. This current partnership builds upon that history to increase the capacity of the IRC to respond quickly to acute crises.

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a global leader in relief, rehabilitation, post-conflict development, advocacy and resettlement services for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity and self-reliance.