MIAMI, December, 2017 – The American Red Cross announced a generous gift of $430,000 from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) − through its charitable foundation and employees − to the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter toward hurricane relief.
As a longstanding partner, FPL’s support to affected communities and to those we serve enabled the Red Cross to provide emergency shelter, food and comfort to those recovering from the devastation of the 2017 hurricane season.
“We are so grateful to FPL for their incredible commitments to the American Red Cross’ disaster response over the past several months,” said Emily Borababy, chapter executive director. “As fellow responders, FPL understands well the unique challenges inherent to disaster response, and the need to support our organization’s efforts and, most importantly, our volunteers. We are thankful for their ongoing support.”
As the destructive force of Hurricane Maria became apparent, FPL made it known that the company stood at the ready to offer support as it joined with the entire electric power industry to help restore power to Puerto Rico. FPL employees were also encouraged to supplement assistance efforts with donations that received a company match.
“These relief donations, in addition to the recent deployment of FPL restoration personnel and equipment to Puerto Rico to help with the massive power restoration effort, complement the incredible recovery efforts undertaken by the American Red Cross,” said Irene White, FPL senior director of external affairs, Miami-Dade. “We very much appreciate organizations such as the American Red Cross, which dedicate all important resources to those in need of shelter, food and comfort as they continue to recover from the recent devastating hurricane season.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
Photo: From left to right: Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Services Officer, Irene White, FPL Senior Director of External Relations, Mariaelena Villamil, Ana Veiga Milton and Julia Bianchi, American Red Cross Board Members, and Emily Borababy, Chapter Executive Director for the Red Cross Greater Miami