When disaster strikes, Anthem and the Anthem Foundation are
committed to providing an appropriate and thoughtful response,
particularly in communities where our associates and members
may be directly affected.
In 2015, Anthem associates assembled and distributed nearly 10,000 Disaster Preparedness Kits in 11 states.
Disasters can have a variety of repercussions for associates and their families, including increased stress, emotional concerns, and financial strain. Through our Employee Assistance Program, trained counselors are available to associates and their family members who are dealing with disasters. This confidential program offers assessments, short-term counseling sessions, and referrals to services for those in stressful circumstances.
The Anthem Cares Fund allows associates to provide one another financial assistance during times of natural disaster, and the Anthem Foundation matches those donations at 50 percent.
For Anthem, the well-being of our members remains top of mind. The Anthem Member Disaster Preparation team was formed to identify when and how we will respond in the event of a disaster affecting Anthem members. The team’s objective is to ensure that those members receive appropriate care and continuation of benefits.
When it comes to disaster relief efforts, we believe that the best approach is a proactive one. That’s why Anthem is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). A $1 million–level partner, Anthem, along with its fellow ADGP members, helps provide a reliable funding base for disaster relief services. These funds enable the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster anywhere in the United States, regardless of cost.
Because of our proactive support, the Red Cross is on the ground and taking action right now.
Anthem Foundation diversifies its disaster-relief efforts through a grant to Portlight Strategies, Inc., helping fill a documented void in the community. Portlight Strategies has become an information hub for those with disabilities during and after natural disasters, as well as a significant resource for the American Red Cross. The grant aims to foster the self-determination and self-actualization of people with disabilities.
Finally, through our associate engagement programs, Anthem encourages and augments the efforts of associates who want to contribute to disaster relief in their communities or the communities we serve. From organized blood drives at offices across the country to emergency preparedness training, our associates commit their time, energy and resources toward disaster-relief efforts year-round.