AEROSMITH supports disaster relief with American Red Cross vehicles

Every day the American Red Cross helps people facing emergencies of all sizes; during big storms like Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole impact much of the United States, mobilizing volunteers and supplies for preparedness and recovery operations; When a family is devastated by a house fire, they provide shelter, food and more. But before any of that can happen, their volunteers need to get to where they’re needed. To do this, the Red Cross depends on a large fleet of community emergency vehicles — sedans, vans and trucks — which are essential to fulfilling their daily mission.

As part of an effort to help disaster relief and beyond, AEROSMITH donated two community emergency vehicles to the Red Cross of central Florida. Both 2023 Chevrolet Silverado trucks are in production and will be delivered in the spring of 2023. In recognition of this generous support, the vehicles will feature the group’s “Walk This Way” logo.

AEROSMITH and I was devastated by the disastrous impact of Hurricane Ian. Too often we see these disasters increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, having a strong Red Cross is more critical than ever,” said AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, who resides in Sarasota, Florida. “We are proud to support the Red Cross and we know these vehicles will be an important tool in helping people in need for years to come.”

“During a local disaster, Red Cross community emergency response vehicles are among the first on the scene, driven by compassionate volunteers who provide emergency relief and emotional support,” said Eric CorlissRegional CEO, American Red Cross from central Florida and the US Virgin Islands. “Every day the Red Cross works in Central Florida to help individuals and communities prepare for disasters and other emergencies. These two new vehicles will be key to fulfilling this part of our mission.”

More than a month later Hurricane Ian devastated large areas of Florida and with the wake of Hurricane Nicole still being assessed, hundreds of people remain in shelters and thousands more depend on the American Red Cross for support.

Dozen of Red Cross emergency vehicles are delivering hot meals to families in the hardest hit areas. Red Cross emergency shelters and aid stations remain open, and specially trained volunteers are meeting with residents to help them plan their next steps.

AEROSMITH bass player Tom Hamilton said: “My family has a small house in the area that has been hardest hit by Ian. We have been going there every year for almost thirty years. Our house was badly damaged and our hearts too. We know others have been affected even more, so I’m very grateful to be able to contribute to helping people get back to normal life. We succeeded Charly; we’ll get through this!”

Since Ian first threatened Florida, more than 3,000 Red Crosses supported relief efforts and, with the help of our partners, provided more than 1.7 million meals and snacks, and some 404,000 items emergency supplies such as cleaning products and comfort kits.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees AEROSMITH have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, produced genre-defining music videos such as “Surprising”, “Mad”, “Janie Has a Gun”, “Living on the Edge” and “Love In An Elevator,” and have launched extravagant, record-breaking world tours, most recently with their blockbuster residency in Las Vegas. The band broke many boundaries, including becoming the first rock band with a massive, commercially successful hip-hop collaboration with RUN-DMC on “Take This Way” and the first hard rock band to appear at a superbowl halftime show with their 2001 performance, and in 1999, AEROSMITH became the first band to have their own themed attraction at disney world in Florida and later in Paris with the launch of the Starring Aerosmith Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster.

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