8/22/2016
Company, employees contribute more than $100,000 to flood relief efforts in West Virginia

Appalachian Power president and CEO Charles Patton, from left, Mark Dempsey, Appalachian's vice president of external affairs and Vic Carroll, regional resource development director at The Salvation Army, at the presentation of the check of flood relief contributions.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., August 22, 2016 – Appalachian Power leaders and employees today presented the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army a $102,178 donation dedicated to flood relief efforts in areas of West Virginia affected by floods earlier this summer. The donation comprises $52,178 in personal contributions from more than 400 employees across 11 states served by American Electric Power (AEP) and a matching gift of $50,000 from the AEP Foundation.

Funds will be split equally between the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, and will be dedicated specifically to flood relief efforts in West Virginia.

“Tomorrow marks two months since historic flooding devastated communities that are part of our West Virginia service area,” said Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and COO. “Today we’re here to recognize the unprecedented effort that’s taken place to get these communities back on their feet, and to contribute funds in recognition of the fact that there is much more work still ahead.”

Appalachian Power president and CEO Charles Patton, from left, Mark Dempsey, Appalachian's vice president of external affairs and Erica Mani, regional CEO of the American Red Cross, at the presentation of the check of flood relief contributions.

Today’s contribution follows a $25,000 company donation announced just days after the flood.

Patton thanked Appalachian Power employees who helped repair or replace electrical facilities damaged or destroyed by flood waters. He also recognized those who participated in the company’s July 8 day of volunteerism, in which more than 150 employees set aside their regular work to help individuals and businesses in flooded areas clean out and begin to rebuild.

Patton praised the response of local, state and federal agencies, as well as individual volunteers and volunteer organizations.

“The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are consistently integral parts of efforts like this, and both do an amazing job of organizing volunteer energy and directing it in an efficient way,” said Patton. “We are pleased to help ensure the great work they are doing will continue.”

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines.  AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.

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Phil Moye
pamoye@aep.com

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