While at the Farmers Insurance Preview Night we were are to speak with Farmers insurance CMO Lessa Eichberge. Disaster awareness and recovery is extremely important to the company.
We asked Lessa, “With California being affected by the fires and now mud-slides, how are you taking action?”
She expressed to us that they are on top of it. They were able to fly over the scenes and able to notify families with the status of their houses before they could. They were able to assist families sooner by giving the money to help with their rebuild. Their job is to come in after those amazing first responders and help people put things back together. She expressed they are there to “make things great again”.
We were able to help make a difference while we were at the FIO preview night! We made disaster preparedness kits for at risk communities. Each kit included:
- Waterproof matches
- 24 hour light stick
- Toothpaste, toothbrush
- LED flashlight
- Water tablets
- Soap towelette
- First aid kit
- Whistle flash light
What these kits didn’t include, because they do vary from family to family, is medicine. If you or a family member, spouse, anyone in your household is on any medications, be sure to have those ready to take with you is a key component to preparing for a possible evacuation. If you have pets, be sure to pack food for them. Make sure you have everything you need to take care of the whole family.
If have any interest in getting involved and helping Farmers Insurance “make things great again,” be sure to stop by their booth at the Farmers Insurance Open and make a kit like ours! You can also start volunteering in your local community and SBP. Lessa expressed to us how amazing SBP is and what exactly they do.
“SBP comes in after disasters and can stay around for years. They are currently in Houston now helping each family individually rebuild their homes. You can take a leave from you job, for example, for two weeks fully paid by SBP and help these families in need build back what was taken from them.”
Giving back and helping people are exactly what this country needs. Farmers Insurance is a great sponsor for this event but they are not the only ones helping people.
The Farmers Insurance Open is working with 10 charities this year:
- Just In Time for Foster Youth
- San Diego Youth Services
- Armed Services YMCA San Diego
- Pro Kids
- Boys To Men Mentoring Network
- SAY San Diego
- Support The Enlisted Project
- Junior Achievement of San Diego County
This is a great opportunity to start helping in your community! FIO has made it easy by putting up the Farmers Insurance Disaster Relief Kit making area at the tournament. And if you’re feeling like you want to continue to help after the event is over, you can look for volunteer opportunities at the charities we have listed above. They can also take financial donations if that’s more your style.
Either way, let’s all start pitching in and start improving the cities and communities that we live in! We know that this has inspired us to start looking for more opportunities to give back.
What’s one of your favorite charity organizations? Let us know in the comments!