Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it donated $20,000 to the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation as part of its work toward helping residents in areas affected by the October wildfires.

The donation is part of the energy company’s efforts to help emergency personnel respond, to help people and businesses rebuild and to help organizations improve resilience, the company said in a news release.

The donation was announced by Barry Anderson, PG&E’s Vice President of Electric Distribution, during the Napa Chamber of Commerce 129th Annual Awards Luncheon.

“PG&E has a long-standing partnership with Napa-area Fire Safe Councils. The $400,000 we’ve donated since 2014 has supported critical efforts around fire resiliency, from clearing dry wildland vegetation and chipping nearly 1 million cubic yards of flammable vegetation to hosting community meetings and trainings to teach the importance of defensible space and emergency preparedness,” said Anderson.

The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation’s goal is to empower the citizens of Napa County with the information, knowledge and support they need to survive a wildfire, officials said.

“Our all-volunteer organization appreciates the recognition from PG&E. This level of funding will enable us to conduct important training, which will provide the needed information and knowledge to communities in order to help them prepare for and survive a wildfire,” said Tom Vreeland, board director with Napa Communities Firewise Foundation.

For more on how PG&E is helping with rebuilding efforts in the areas impacted by the Northern California wildfires, visit www.pgecommitment.com.

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