PALO ALTO, CA (May 8, 2006) – As a new hurricane season looms, the Etón Corporation today announced it will distribute 2,000 new, self-powered radios to American Red Cross chapters throughout the country. Etón’s announcement underscores the importance of emergency preparedness and reliable communications during times of crisis. The announcement comes as the American Red Cross begins its annual convention in Washington, DC, celebrating the American Red Cross's 125th anniversary
“Disaster preparation is more important than ever. If you don’t get ready, you won’t be ready,” said Etón Corporation’s CEO Esmail Hozour, whose company manufacturers a line of self-powered, multi-function emergency radios licensed by the American Red Cross. “Survival is often more than just making it through the first critical moments. Emergency preparedness means also planning for the subsequent hours, days, weeks or even months. We’ve got the technology and we’re committed to getting it into the hands of the people who need it most.”
Although last year’s record hurricane season is history, its effects are not.Even as the victims of Katrina, Rita and Wilma continue to struggle with recovery, a new hurricane season approaches.Meteorologists predict 2006 will be another active year.Already we have witnessed a record devastating start to the tornado season.
In 2005, the Etón Corporation distributed 10,000 self-powered radios in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, providing a free, first-class communications link to thousands without electrical power.
Etón will be distributing 2,000 more American Red Cross branded radios to chapter representatives at their national convention in Washington, DC.These radios will help each local chapter better prepare for emergencies.
“We’re delighted to help celebrate this milestone in such a meaningful way,” said Hozour."Every American should take the steps recommended by the Red Cross to get ready now, should disaster strike."
The American Red Cross’ recommendations include:
·Learning about emergency plans in your community, workplace and schools;·Familiarizing yourself with nearby shelters and evacuation routes;·Establishing a family meeting place and communication plan; and,·Assembling an accessible supplies kit containing non-perishable food and water, a flashlight, and a hand-crank radio.
"The goal of the American Red Cross licensing program,” says Joe Becker, Senior Vice President of Response and Preparedness for the American Red Cross, “is to provide families with top-quality products and information to help them stay safe, every day. The Red Cross recommends that each household have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to listen to local TV, radio and NOAA all-hazards radio for vital information during a crisis. Therefore we are thrilled to work with Etón to bring this collection of first-class, non-power dependent radios to communities across America."
ABOUT ETÓN CORPORATION:
Etón Corporation is the established leader in consumer electronics audio products, and is defined by its mission of “Re_Inventing Radio”.By always combining the latest in technology with sensible design, Etón offers an extensive array of products that speaks to three main categories: Design, Innovation and Necessity.Etón headquartered in Palo Alto, California has offices in Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada. http://www.etoncorp.com.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS:
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross Through almost 900 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 183 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.