Building a Stronger and Safer Richmond

Chevron employees, from left to right: Bipin Sitaram, Rachel Justice, Leah Casey, Robin Jennings and Amrit Singh, helped make it a great event.

By Heather Kulp, Chevron Richmond Refinery Public Affairs Manager As I’m talking to my neighbors or I’m out in the community, one of the topics people want to chat about is how to prepare for an emergency. Being prepared for an emergency, whether it’s a winter rainstorm or the next big earthquake, is something we all need to take seriously.  Because of my role at Chevron here in Richmond, many in the community also ask me about Contra Costa County’s Community Warning System and want information on how to “Shelter in Place,” as they were asked to do in response to the Aug. 6 fire that occurred at our refinery. As part of our effort to respond to the concerns of our neighbors, we recently sponsored a daylong fair at the Richmond Craneway to help residents prepare for earthquakes and other emergencies. More than 20 local organizations, ranging from Contra Costa Health Services to Community Awareness and Emergency Response and the American Red Cross took part in this event. The organizations provided information and answered questions on a range of topics such as the Community WarnBuilding ing System, public transportation protocols, Shelter in Place guidelines, asthma education and general emergency safety. We also joined with the Red Cross to hand out 800 emergency preparedness kits. It was great to see so many of our friends and neighbors at this event. More than 1,000 people took part. Our team received many positive comments from community members who told us how useful they found the information that was presented. Among the highlights that people mentioned to us were the emergency response vehicles, earthquake simulator, and mobile pediatric asthma and allergy clinic. Chevron has long been committed to building a stronger and safer community in Richmond, and this event is just one way we are doing so. We are continually working to enhance our involvement by supporting community programs, local organizations and businesses, as well as through the efforts of our employees who volunteer in the community. I want to personally recognize and thank the 25 Richmond team members who helped out at this important event. I appreciate your dedication and commitment to the Richmond community. Finally, I want to thank the organizations that helped us make this a great event. We appreciate your efforts to help us build a stronger, safer, more prepared and responsive Richmond community. Two weeks ago, Heather Kulp launched a blog ( as a new channel for communicating with the Richmond community. This message is her second blog post.
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