Newell Rubbermaid Donates $3,000 to Sandy Springs

City of Sandy Springs first responders and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will be cooler thanks to a donation from global consumer product company Newell Rubbermaid, marketer of widely recognized brands including Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Paper Mate® and Irwin®, The Fortune 500 corporation headquartered in Sandy Springs is donating a Porter Cooler fan that will help keep first responders and CERT members cool during an emergency. The value of the donation is $3,000.

“Newell Rubbermaid and our employees are proud to support the City through the donation of much needed equipment and supplies, as well as our time,” said Calvin Lower, Senior Manager, Property & Construction at Newell Rubbermaid. “Understanding the importance of being engaged and active in our community, eight employees from our Facilities team recently completed the CERT training program to ensure we are prepared to assist in the event of an emergency in our area.”

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may have an impact on their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders have yet to arrive on the scene. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

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