- 65 organizations across North Carolina receive grants to prepare for future emergencies and storms
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today announced more than $1.1 million in funding to help North Carolina communities increase their response capabilities for future weather events with advance preparation and planning.
Sixty-five grant recipients across the state were selected from more than 140 applications, with projects ranging from swift water rescue equipment and specialized radios to nonprofit training and Spanish language outreach. Awarded projects will be implemented in communities over the following weeks and months.
"The overwhelming response to this grant opportunity underscores the profound need of our communities – many still recovering from the devastation of last year's storms," said Stephen De May, North Carolina president, Duke Energy. "We want to help our communities become more resilient to the impacts of a major storm. And with the season's first major hurricane forming in the Atlantic, we have a vivid reminder of the importance of advance planning."
"We are very thankful for the support of Duke Energy to help us develop a stormwater resiliency plan to manage flooding while maintaining the quality of water in our ocean, the sound, and our canals," stated Atlantic Beach Mayor, Trace Cooper. "Their support underlines their commitment to our communities and will allow us to leverage the support of our other partners in this process."
The storm resiliency grants, funded by the Duke Energy Foundation, support:
- Specialized training for first responders for severe weather scenarios.
- Organized planning initiatives for communities to prepare for extreme weather.
- Equipment necessary for severe weather rescues to preserve human life.
- Community storm preparedness training, materials, kits or shelters.
- Emergency communication tools for severe weather scenarios.
- Improved outcomes for low-income communities experiencing extreme weather.
Powerful Communities: Storm Resiliency Grant Recipients
American Red Cross
Anson County Emergency Services
Arapahoe Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Arlington Fire & Rescue
Bladen County Sheriff's Office
Cary CERT Association
Chatham County Council on Aging
City of Durham Fire Department
City of Fayetteville Police Department
City of Goldsboro
City of Jacksonville
City of King
City of Lumberton Fire Department
City of New Bern
City of Sanford
City of Thomasville
City of Whiteville
City of Winston-Salem
Cleveland Fire Department
Columbus County Sheriff's Office
County of Burke
County of Harnett
County of Hoke
County of Lee
County of Onslow
County of Yadkin
Craven County Emergency Services
Cullasaja Gorge Fire & Rescue
Deep Branch Volunteer Fire
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Greensboro Fire Department
Jones County Emergency Management
Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department
Linville-Central Rescue Squad
McDowell County Government
Miller's Ferry Volunteer Fire Department
Mitchell County Emergency Management
NC Center for Nonprofits
Northwest Harnett Volunteer Fire Department
Salisbury Fire Department
South Orange Rescue Squad
Stokes County Emergency Services
Surry County Emergency Management
The Salvation Army
Town of Atlantic Beach
Town of Carrboro
Town of Chapel Hill
Town of Harrisburg
Town of Leland
Town of Morehead City
Town of Newport
Town of Siler City
Town of Smithfield
Trenton Volunteer Fire Department
Union County Government
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.
Duke Energy is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit's regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.
Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2019 "World's Most Admired Companies" list, and Forbes' 2019 "America's Best Employers" list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
Contact: Meredith Archie
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