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International Paper and American Red Cross Team up to ‘Sound the Alarm’

Company to underwrite smoke alarm installation efforts and drive safety awareness in national campaign

Published 11-02-17

Submitted by International Paper Company

International Paper today announced it will be a national home fire prevention supporter with the American Red Cross. This commitment builds on International Paper’s long-time support of Red Cross disaster relief programs and will help people in more than 100 communities across the country.

The first program of the collaboration is ‘Sound the Alarm’, a series of nationwide home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. International Paper will underwrite the cost of smoke alarms and will help educate people about home fire safety.

“The Red Cross is grateful for donors like International Paper who make our campaign possible, reducing home fire tragedies and saving lives,” said Harvey Johnson, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services. “Home fires impact families in every community. The Red Cross is present in communities nationwide, and we rely on a network of volunteers, generous donors and partner organizations to work with us to deliver critical services to people at-risk for and impacted by home fires.” 

“Sound the Alarm will bring vital fire safety education to neighborhoods throughout the communities where our employees live and work,” said Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, community engagement. “It is a great fit with our commitment to investing in people and safety leadership. Safety isn’t just about staying safe in the workplace, it’s about a way of life. When we take a safety message home to our families, friends and neighborhood, we can start to build a culture of safety around the clock for our team and for others.”

The announcement was made at an employee safety fair at International Paper’s world headquarters. The Red Cross was onsite with its Fire Safety House, an interactive exhibit that helps attendees create an emergency escape plan. Other participants included WMC Action News 5 Weather, LeBonheur Safe Kids and distracted driving simulators from both the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department and AAA.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and Wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products; papers that drive communication; paper bags that carry groceries; and paper cups and food containers. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ roughly 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2015 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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