When disaster strikes, Anthem and the Anthem Foundation are committed to providing an appropriate and thoughtful response, particularly in communities where our associates and consumers may be directly affected.
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Disasters have many 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.
Anthem and our associates care about making a difference in people’s lives. To foster that spirit of caring, Anthem created the Anthem Cares Fund, which encourages associates to offer and allows them to find financial support during difficult times of personal hardship or natural disasters. This fund allows associates to provide one another with assistance in times of need.
And finally, the Anthem Cares Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to support postsecondary education for children of Anthem associates who passed away during their time of employment.
For Anthem, the well-being of our consumers remains top of mind. The Anthem Member Disaster Preparation team was formed to establish how we will respond in the event of a disaster affecting Anthem consumers. The team’s objective is to ensure that those consumers receive appropriate care and continuation of benefits.
When it comes to disaster-relief efforts, we believe that the best approach is proactive. That’s why Anthem is a proud member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) of the American Red Cross. A $1 million–level partner, Anthem joins fellow ADGP members to help provide a reliable funding base for disaster-relief services. These funds enable the Red Cross to respond immediately to disasters anywhere in the United States, regardless of cost. Our support is helping the Red Cross take action right now.
The Anthem Foundation also partners with Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Program. Disaster-relief efforts require rapid response, but the help must be of the right type. Direct Relief’s response efforts are fast, yet they are always in direct response to specific requests from local partners and are coordinated with the efforts of other international organizations and governmental authorities to ensure the most-efficient use of resources.
To address the needs of vulnerable low-income communities affected by disasters, the Anthem Foundation works with Americares, supporting its Emergency Response Partner (AERP) program. AERP funding enables Americares to maintain a constant state of disaster readiness and launch robust responses to emergencies, large and small. With Anthem’s support, Americares can increase the speed and impact of responses; expand access to critical medicines and medical supplies in the aftermath of disasters; and restore and strengthen health systems serving vulnerable communities so they are better prepared and more resilient in the face of future disasters.
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, disaster-relief efforts receive our associates’ time, energy and resources year-round. View video