Relief Fund Established for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Edison International will match donations from company employees and has also launched its #fivefor5 earthquake preparedness campaign.

May 01, 2015 | By Mary Ann Milbourn

Edison International is joining with the company’s employees and the public to raise relief funds for Nepal following the country’s recent devastating earthquake.

The U.N. has appealed to the international community for $415 million in aid to supply food, water, shelter and medical care in Nepal over the next three months.

Company employees who donate to the tax-deductible Edison International’s Relief Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar to a company total of $10,000 up until May 29. Contributions to the relief fund will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and the American National Red Cross, nonprofits that have already established operations on the ground in Nepal.

“Edison and our employees are always concerned when a catastrophe like this happens and we want to do our part to help those in need,” said Janet Clayton, senior vice president of Corporate Communications at Edison International and Southern California Edison.

Edison has also launched its #fivefor5 campaign. The company will donate up to a total of $5,000 for those who pledge to take five actions to prepare for an earthquake. Pledges can be made on Edison’s social media pages: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The #fivefor5 actions include:

  • Make a disaster plan and assemble an emergency supply kit.
  • Practice “drop, cover and hold on.”
  • Identify an out-of-state contact.
  • Secure heavy objects with bolts and straps.
  • Expect and prepare for fires, aftershocks, landslides and tsunamis.

The earthquake struck the Himalayan nation just before noon Saturday about 50 miles northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The magnitude-7.8 temblor was nearly 13 times greater than the magnitude- 6.7 earthquake in Northridge in 1994.

Nepalese officials placed the death toll at more than 6,000 with at least 13,500 injured. Those numbers, however, are expected to climb. U.N. officials estimated 70,000 homes have been destroyed and another 530,000 damaged throughout the country just as the monsoon season approaches.

The devastation in Nepal comes as a reminder to Californians of the need for preparedness. Edison is a founding partner of PrepareSoCal, a partnership with the American Red Cross to help educate the public on emergency preparedness.

An updated U.S. Geological Survey forecast released last month estimated that Southern California has a 93 percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 earthquake in the next 30 years and a 75 percent chance of a magnitude-7.0 temblor over the same period of time.

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