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Meeting Basic Needs

Our employees provided life's necessities to help storm-ravaged communities and people in need.

In August, Appalachian Power employees came to the aid of residents when catastrophic flooding destroyed more than 20 homes in the small mountain town of Hurley, VA. Line crews replaced miles of power lines and more than 60 broken poles. Others gathered supplies needed to repair and rebuild, and the AEP Foundation provided $20,000 to start a disaster relief fund through the United Way of Southwest Virginia.

Indiana Michigan Power, along with Habitat for Humanity for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, is serving those who served through the Veterans Repair Assistance Program (VRAP). The program covers the cost of home repairs for veterans in need. Since its inception, VRAP has helped seven veterans and their families with home repair projects like painting, roof replacement, H-VAC repairs and much more. The AEP Foundation provided a $75,000 grant to support the program.

AEP Texas employees from Laredo and Victoria distributed 9,000 bottles of safe drinking water to residents in their respective areas following winter storms. The freezing temperatures caused residential, commercial and municipal water systems to fail, creating a shortage or complete lack of potable water in many communities.

AEP Ohio President and COO Marc Reitter volunteered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in Columbus, OH.
On Veterans Day, members of SWEPCO’s Military Veterans Employee Resource Group donated approximately 25 boxes of canned goods, toiletries and other staples to Woody’s Home for Veterans in Shreveport, LA.
Appalachian Power employees donated emergency supplies like flashlights and lanterns to their neighbors in Hurley, VA, after August storms ravaged the community.