|AIG Supports National Organization on Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Initiative|
|February 1, 2007|
Support Promotes Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, D.C — The National Organization on Disability (NOD) received a commitment of $100,000 from the American International Group, Inc. (AIG), world leaders in insurance and financial services. The grant will be used to enhance the work of NOD's Emergency Preparedness Initiative, which works to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns, and that people with disabilities are included in all levels of emergency preparedness- planning, response, and recovery.
“This grant will allow EPI to continue the important work begun after the tragedies of September 11th, to ensure that America's 54 million citizens with disabilities are both included as active participants in emergency planning, and themselves prepared for the eventuality of disaster,” said Michael R. Deland, President of the National Organization on Disability.
The Emergency Preparedness Initiative has been instrumental in promoting the understanding of the special needs of people with disabilities in disasters through a nationwide program of outreach and education.
Ned Cloonan, AIG Vice President of International and Corporate Affairs said, “AIG builds upon the expertise developed through our business activities to improve emergency preparedness for vulnerable communities worldwide. We are committed to meeting the specialized needs of people with disabilities in disaster situations, and are proud to partner with the National Organization on Disability on its Emergency Preparedness Initiative.”
The funding will allow for the continuation of the EPI program public outreach nationally. In addition, AIG funds will help EPI establish a help-desk to address concerns from emergency managers, responders, planners, businesses, and the disability community itself. “Providing technical assistance on disability preparedness is critical to the continued preparedness of Americans with disabilities and the emergency management community will benefit in finally having a source that can help them navigate the difficult issues surrounding preparedness for special needs populations.” said Hilary Styron, EPI Director.
The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. For more information about the National Organization on Disability's programs, visit www.nod.org.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG), world leaders in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in London, Paris, Switzerland and Tokyo.