As Florida’s response to Hurricane Ian continues, Duke Energy Florida has committed $95,000 to support local recovery and reconstruction efforts in communities that were heavily impacted by the storm.
“In an emergency, our customers rely on us,” said Melissa Seixas, state chair, Duke Energy Florida. “We are proud to work alongside organizations that are on the front lines to provide essential relief and recovery services in the communities we serve. We are grateful for their service to those affected by this devastating storm.
Damage from Hurricane Ian caused more than one million customer outages in the company’s service area. The majority of customers were restored within three days of the storm passing through affected areas.
Many of the organizations that received funds are among those that provide disaster relief and recovery services, including meals, emergency services and supplies to individuals, families and communities in Florida.
Hope Partnership, an organization working to end homelessness and poverty in Central Florida, received a US$5,000 donation from Duke Energy to provide blankets to people displaced by Hurricane Ian.
“This week on our Client Care Day we were able to distribute blankets to some of our neighbors who have been displaced by flooding since Ian,” said Reverend Mary Downey, CEO of Hope Partnership. “These people are currently staying in emergency shelters, so we were happy to be able to provide these blankets to make this time in the shelter a little more comfortable. Duke Energy provided funding for these donations, and we are so grateful to them for helping us continue to care for those most affected by the storm.”
Duke Energy Florida has also committed US$45,000 to help farmers and ranchers across the state rebuild from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian.
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation received a $25,000 donation to its Hurricane Ian Relief Fund for Agriculture to support recovery from agriculture-related losses.
“Like many Florida residents, many farming and ranching families suffered significant losses from Hurricane Ian,” said Jeb S. Smith, president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. “We are grateful for the support of Duke Energy, which will help us help our farm families across the state who are currently recovering from one of the costliest storms in Florida history.”
The following community organizations have received financial assistance to provide food, water, and other disaster relief essentials to Florida communities.
- Florida Federation of Agricultural Bureaux – $25,000
- Florida Breeders Foundation – $10,000
- Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association – $10,000
Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties
- Hardee Help Center – US$10,000
- SendMeMissions – $10,000
Orange and Osceola Counties
- Orange County Public Schools Foundation Inc. (OCPS) – $5,000
- Osceola County Council on Aging Inc. – $5,000
- Hope Partnership – US$5000
Seminole and Volusia Counties
- Christian Sharing Center Inc. dba The Sharing Center – US$5000
- Meals on Wheels, etc. Inc. – $5,000
- Volusia County Council on Aging Inc. – $5,000
Earlier this month, the company also announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross, with an additional $50,000 available in matching employee donations for communities in Florida, North Carolina and North Carolina. South. An additional US$100,000 has also been provided to the Volunteer Florida’s Disaster Fund to support aid for Florida’s coordinated disaster response.
Duke Energy Florida will also support these communities through employee volunteering and the purchase and distribution of food and other needed items.
To contribute to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit floridadisasterfund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
Contributions to support Hurricane Ian through the American Red Cross can be made here.