Now that Hurricane Ian has pulled away from Florida and Duke Energy crews are in the field assessing damage and restoring power, the company has pledged $100,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund to aid communities impacted by the storm.
The funds will support disaster recovery and response, including meals, shelter, emergency services and supplies. Volunteer Florida activated the Florida Disaster Fund this week to help communities affected by the storm.
“Our priority in uncertain disasters like this is taking care of our customers and communities,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy’s Florida president. “We are grateful to be able to support the wonderful organizations that are first on the ground helping with recovery.”
Hurricane Ian made landfall on the western side of Florida earlier this week, causing widespread power outages and damage before continuing on a northward trek. Duke Energy has nearly 10,000 lineworkers, tree professionals, damage assessment and support personnel on the ground in its Florida service areas responding to outages in places where it is safe to do so.
“On behalf of all Floridians, we appreciate all the generous donations,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo, “Your support contributes to Volunteer Florida’s mission of leveraging our resources toward rebuilding our affected communities.”
To contribute to the Florida Disaster Fund, please visit floridadisasterfund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.