Ameren announced it will send more crews to Florida, bringing the company’s total to approximately 1,000 employees and contractors assisting in the restoration and rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Irma.
The company also announced an additional $25,000 donation to aid Red Cross relief efforts in Florida, following a similar donation last week for Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
“Historic storms such as Harvey and Irma require a large collaborative response effort from utilities and relief organizations,” said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation. “Being able to assist in power restoration efforts and offer resources to organizations that help those in need can make a real difference in recovery efforts – which is why we are providing both. For those who have been affected by these devastating storms, our hope is to help get these communities back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
Ameren crews currently working in Florida or soon headed that way will include those from Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois and Ameren Transmission.
Ameren participates in the electric industry’s mutual assistance network through Edison Electric Institute, which means the company is available to help with emergencies in other parts of the country such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Customers of Ameren Illinois and Ameren Missouri have benefited from past assistance from other utilities following severe weather in the Midwest, including tornados, ice storms and other weather events.