5/9/2019
American Red Cross receives $150,000 AEP Foundation grant

(American Red Cross West Virginia Region News Release)

CHARLESTON, W.V., MAY 8, 2019—In celebration of World Red Cross Day, the American Red Cross West Virginia Region is pleased to announce the financial donation of $150,000 from the American Electric Power Foundation to purchase a new Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV).  The donation of this vehicle will serve communities throughout the West Virginia Region during disasters as well as allow local volunteers to deploy for Red Cross national disaster responses. 

For more than a century, the American Red Cross has been delivering disaster relief and recovery services to neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything—the roof over their heads, their clothes, their most cherished possessions—to a home fire or other disaster. Thanks to the generosity of our donors like American Electric Power Foundation and the dedication of our volunteers, we make sure families have a safe place to sleep, nourishing food and other necessities. We also help these families find the resources they need to pick up the pieces.

“We’re pleased to be able to support the Red Cross with this gift from the AEP Foundation,” said Steve Ferguson, Appalachian Power regulatory and finance vice president. “We have partnered with the Red Cross on many occasions when West Virginia has faced some of its greatest needs, and we’re proud that this new ERV will be a long-term way we can support disaster relief work here and elsewhere in the country.”

In West Virginia, the Red Cross and Appalachian Power have a long history of helping our neighbors in need. Last year, the West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross assisted 1,057 families who experienced a local disaster including over 800 who experienced a devastating home fire.  During the devastating floods of 2016, the American Red Cross utilized thirty-nine emergency response vehicles to assist nearly 5,000 people impacted with casework services, served nearly 200,000 meals and snacks and distribute over 125,000 emergency relief supplies.

“When disaster strikes, our crews are some of the first to arrive,” said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power operations vice president. “We’re there to restore power, but we often see a need that we can’t provide, and that’s where our partnership with the Red Cross comes in. It’s great to know we can turn to them to provide the help and resources people need.”
 
During a disaster, Red Cross emergency response vehicles are on the frontline, delivering food and supplies, often to families disconnected from other services. “Without the generous donation from partners like American Electric Power Foundation, this emergency response vehicle would not be available to serve our communities in times of emergency,” says Erica Mani, Chief Executive Officer for the West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross.  “We are immensely grateful for this support. It allows us to respond efficiently and effectively during disasters such as flooding and severe storms.”

To learn more about the work of the American Red Cross in West Virginia, please visit redcrosswv.org.
 
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.  In West Virginia, visit redcrosswv.org, call us at 1-844-216-8286, follow us on Twitter at @ARCWV or like us on Facebook at @RedCrossWV.

About AEP Foundation 
The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Appalachian Power. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and the environment, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.

About Appalachian Power
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 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

 

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