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Duke Energy supports Red Cross during National Preparedness Month in September

RALEIGH, Sept. 7, 2016 — Disasters can strike anytime, anywhere – it’s time to be prepared.

September marks National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross is partnering with Duke Energy to encourage community members to be equipped for emergencies like home fires – the most common disaster.

In an effort to increase resident preparedness in Eastern North Carolina, Duke Energy granted $65,000 to the Red Cross. The funds will allow the Red Cross to boost community outreach trainings; increase disaster preparedness among students; reduce lives lost using the Home Fires Campaign Smoke Alarm Installation and Outreach Program, and partner with Duke Energy on the Duke Energy Residential Neighborhood Program to grow resident disaster preparedness.

“With the support of Duke Energy, we can better serve the residents of Eastern North Carolina and make sure they are prepared for any disaster situation,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “Families rely on us in times of uncertainty and Duke Energy funds will allow the Red Cross to continue to be that hand to hold.”

Duke Energy is a proud supporter of the Red Cross and has partnered with the nonprofit on blood drives, disaster relief and safety preparedness programs in the past.

“In our line of work, safety and readiness are priorities,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “The Red Cross shares this focus and we’re proud to partner with them to promote disaster preparedness throughout eastern North Carolina.”

Keep your family safe this Preparedness Month:

CREATE A PLAN Steps for people to create a fire escape plan include:

Walking through the home and looking at all exits and possible escape routes, including windows;

Listing two ways to get out of every room in case fire blocks one of the paths;

Picking a place to meet outside, a safe distance away from the home;

Conducting drills. Practice until every member of the household, including children, can escape the home in less than two minutes;

Making sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1; and

Teaching everyone to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

People should also install smoke alarms on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. They should test the alarms monthly, install new batteries at least once a year or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions, and replace alarms every ten years. 

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross Emergency App contains information on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. Children can learn about fire prevention and safety through gaming with the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. Designed for 7 to 11-year-olds, the app teaches them safety tips for a variety of disasters by having them role-play as different monster characters. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps. 

Additional fire safety tips and resources are available at redcross.org/homefires. 

HELP WITH HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, now in its second year, aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires in the United States by as much as 25 percent over a five-year span.

Join us locally on Sept. 10 in Fayetteville as we install alarms in homes of military members and their neighbors. Register today at www.redcross.org/smokealarmssavelives

People can become a Red Cross volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer or help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Duke Energy Foundation:

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. In 2015, the foundation provided more than $30 million in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. 

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.