Duke Energy Foundation gives $75K for disaster preparedness

Duke Energy Foundation today announced a $75,000 grant to the American Red Cross Triangle Chapter for disaster preparedness projects.

The funds will provide disaster preparedness outreach to high-risk, vulnerable communities throughout the Triangle-area. The outreach initiative includes education materials and water-resistant emergency kits that instruct recipients on stocking the kit and contacting Duke Energy in case of a power outage.

“Our most economically vulnerable communities are often those most impacted by a disaster,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president – North Carolina. “We are glad to be part of preparing our communities for a quick recovery in response to terrible events.”

“It is a part of our mission not only to respond to disasters, but also to teach and inform people to be prepared for disasters,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Triangle Region. “We work to ensure that each member of our community receives adequate information to prepare. The ‘Be Ready’ program with Duke Energy is critical to the success of the community’s efforts to prepare for disasters that may affect one family or hundreds of people at any moment.”

About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and financial support through grants to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. In 2013, the foundation is making an additional one-time commitment of $20 million to support low-income energy assistance and workforce development in North Carolina.

To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.

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/triangle, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @TACRedCross.