SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E’s new campaign encouraging its customers to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency made its debut during a pre-game ceremony before the Monday Night Football Game (Nov. 19) between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.
The on-field ceremony at Candlestick Park honored PG&E employee Angie Gibson, who helped oversee the utility’s recent Hurricane Sandy mutual-aid assistance in New York, as well as Lt. Erica Arteseros, program coordinator for the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, and Lt. Ed Cota, a 30-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department.
NFL great Jerry Rice and American Red Cross Bay Area CEO Harold Brooks also took part.
PG&E, working with the Red Cross, is facilitating the campaign through Causes.com, the world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy. The online platform enables companies or individuals to get behind individual causes important to them, including an earthquake, wildfire or other natural disaster.
For every person who pledges to help get prepared for an emergency, PG&E will donate $1 to the Red Cross. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 12,000 people had taken the pledge. PG&E is asking that everyone who takes the pledge have a communication plan, designate an emergency meeting place and have an emergency preparedness kit.
Gibson, a member of PG&E’s electric emergency management team, said it was surreal to meet Rice while attending her first NFL game since she was 12.
“He is still basically a god to the fans of the 49ers,” she said. “It literally took us 25 minutes to get from our box to the field because he kept getting stopped.”
Football fans cheered Gibson as she was presented with a certificate recognizing her service supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, emergency preparedness and community support. PG&E leaders Tony Earley, Geisha Williams, Greg Kiraly, Barry Anderson and Ezra Garrett also attended the game to support the campaign and to congratulate Gibson.
Gibson was among more than 250 PG&E employees and IBEW members who returned to California last week from the East Coast, where they restored power to thousands of New Yorkers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“It just made so proud to represent PG&E,” Gibson said. “What a great company and what a great opportunity to share with people what we’ve done.”