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Press Release Oct. 4, 2007

Elant Partners with American Red Cross To Prepare for Disaster Relief
(Goshen, NY) – Elant has partnered with the American Red Cross in Greater New York in a new initiative called "Ready When the Time Comes," a program that trains volunteer teams for deployment in the event of a major local disaster.

More than 25 employees of the not-for-profit Elant network will be trained in disaster services and preparedness and will serve as a reserve task force that can be called upon to support the relief operations of the Greater New York Red Cross during major local emergencies, such as floods or blackouts.

Volunteers will be trained in areas such as sheltering, feeding, bulk supply distribution and mobile call center operations.

Elant volunteers will be prepared to support all aspects of Red Cross operations, from providing direct aid to New Yorkers in times of disaster to training and community outreach.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Elant system to support and assist our neighbors in their time of need, and continue to expand our services to the communities we serve,” said Elant’s Emergency Preparedness Executive Dean Ianazzi.

“We are delighted that Elant is participating in the “Ready When the Time Comes” program,” said Elizabeth Popovich, director of American Red Cross in Greater New York Orange/Sullivan. “Having a cadre of qualified and trained volunteers standing by enables us to provide the immediate humanitarian aid our community needs in times of natural and man-made disasters. We are grateful for Elant’s support.”

For more information about the “Ready When the Time Comes” program, call 1-877-REDCROSS, ext. 2284.

Elant, Inc. was founded in 1985 as a community-based not-for-profit organization. Through innovative programming and a steadfast commitment to its mission, Elant serves more than 3,000 people on any given day through its network of facilities, home care agencies and community services. Elant emphasizes personalized service and compassionate respect for the whole person.

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