As the company prepares for another active hurricane season in Florida, Duke Energy is giving $300,000 in grants to support emergency operations centers and NGOs dedicated to assisting residents in preparing for and recovering from severe weather events.
“Duke Energy is a company committed to improving reliability and resiliency for Florida customers and communities,” said Melissa Seixas, state president of Duke Energy Florida. “Emergency preparedness is the first step in keeping Florida safe, resilient, and strong.” These funding will assist in providing the required assistance to guarantee that our customers and communities are prepared to respond to anything Mother Nature throws at us.”
The funds, financed by the Duke Energy Foundation and Duke Energy Florida, are intended to assist organizations with significant roles in emergency preparedness in increasing their ability to bounce back from major weather catastrophes more quickly through advanced preparation and planning. The funds will be used to help local communities fund storm preparedness kits, new materials, equipment, and workshops for local emergency operations centers and community agencies.
The Florida Council on Aging will be able to offer free storm kits to seniors in Duke Energy’s service zone thanks to this year’s Duke Energy Foundation funding. The statewide agency was awarded $50,000 to distribute the kits through various groups around the state.
“The Florida Council on Aging is honored to collaborate with Duke Energy to help seniors throughout Florida prepare for hurricane season,” said executive director Margaret Lynn Duggar. “Many seniors live on fixed incomes and would not otherwise be able to secure the supplies needed to prepare for the effects of severe weather.” We are grateful to cooperate with Duke Energy and believe that our endeavor will assist thousands of seniors find peace of mind.”