Minding Health and Safety

When disaster strikes people turn to the American Red Cross for help. And when the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus needed a new emergency response vehicle (ERV) they turned to the AEP Foundation. With a grant of $150,000, the ERV will serve people in need with food, water, personal hygiene kits, blankets, cots, volunteer help and other assistance during rescue, relief, and recovery operations.

We want children to be safe around electricity. And who better to teach them than a professional line mechanic? During Community/Career Day at Princeton Primary School in Princeton, W.Va., students met Appalachian Power employees Brandon Walter and Michele Crouch. Walter, a line mechanic, let them try on his protective overshoes, gloves and sleeves. Crouch talked with children about being safe around electricity and passed out Louie the Lightning Bug coloring and activity books.

Southwestern Electric Power Company employees showed off trucks and equipment during Careers on Wheels at Old Wire Elementary School in Rogers, AR.
Bart Rosenquist, AEP Texas in San Angelo, tapes a message about electrical safety for children through a program called The National Theater for Children.
Students in the Village of Mariana in Puerto Rico wore their replica hard hats at a lunch to thank AEP Ohio employees for restoring power to their school.