BNSF gives $2,400 to RENEW for preparedness kits

03-18-13 PEOPLE Renew  RRWebSHERIDAN — The railroad that transports Powder River Basin coal elsewhere does more than help power America. It has also proven to be a solid supporter of one of the area’s nonprofit organizations.
Last week BNSF Railway Foundation presented Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming with a check for $2,416 that’s been earmarked for several emergency preparedness kits for RENEW’s residential facilities and the Sheridan service center.

RENEW Program Development Officer Jeff Foster maintains these kits could be a lifesaver.
“In the event of a catastrophic disaster, we cannot rely solely on emergency personnel,” Foster said in a press release.

The kits will contain emergency food, water, lighting, radio, first-aid, sanitation and shelter supplies.
RENEW President and CEO Chris Ahlstrom says the railroad deserves much credit for their continued support of RENEW and its more than 150 participants.

“In just the past three years, BNSF has given us more than $5,000 that has translated into iPads and special needs software as well as other much needed technology upgrades for our participants,” Ahlstrom said. “Combine those needs with this latest emergency preparedness funding and RENEW can be especially grateful for the railroad’s presence in each of our communities.”

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