ST. LOUIS, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren Missouri has contributed $25,000 to the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri to assist with relief efforts following record flooding in Missouri.
"Thanks to the generosity of philanthropic companies such as Ameren, the Red Cross is able to assist members of our community who have been impacted by the rising waters," said Cindy Erickson, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. "Ameren continues to be a generous partner of the Red Cross and to the communities they serve. We are grateful for their continued support of our mission."
The contribution is part of the Ameren Cares initiative, which connects Ameren with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. A key focus of Ameren Cares is partnering with nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Ameren's service territories.
"Our hearts go out to those affected by this latest flood," said Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri. "Our crews have been working around the clock to safely assist customers affected by torrential rains, and we hope this donation will provide additional assistance."
Since 2015, Ameren Missouri has enhanced its system to improve reliability for customers during flooding events. The company also has developed detailed plans to ensure Ameren Missouri co-workers can safely get to and from energy centers experiencing road closures to ensure Ameren Missouri continues to generate the power necessary to meet customer needs.
"The recent floods have impacted and displaced many Ameren customers and employees," said Moehn. "We are fortunate to have the American Red Cross supply and coordinate outstanding relief efforts, and we are pleased to support them as they assist members of our community during this time of need."
FLOOD SAFETY TIPS
In the event of flooding in or around your home or business, call Ameren to have service turned off when the flood waters are likely to reach service equipment. Your service may also be turned off at the request of local authorities when flood waters threaten a community.
Safety Tips for Electric Equipment
- Never enter a flooded basement or other flooded areas where water may be in contact with electrical wiring, appliances or other electrical devices.
- Never operate electrical appliances or devices or touch electrical switches, outlets or cords if you are standing in water or are on a wet surface, or if you are wet.
- Under no circumstances should you attempt to turn off power at the main electrical panel box if you must stand in water or on a wet floor to do so.
About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri, or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.
About the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri
Celebrating 100 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Red Cross of Eastern Missouri includes St. Louis city and 54 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.
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