RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is contributing $200,000 to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund (NCDRF), answering the call from Gov. Roy Cooper to the business community to help meet the urgent needs of Hurricane Florence victims.
"Communities hit hard by Hurricane Florence need our help now more than ever, and when it comes to recovery, we're all in this together," said Gov. Cooper. "Donating to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund can help provide people the support they need to rebuild their lives."
"We understand that staying connected is never more important than during emergencies or disasters," said Venessa Harrison, president AT&T North Carolina. "That's why we are building and operating FirstNet, the first nationwide network designed exclusively for first responders. And it is why we are also committed to doing our part to help our friends, neighbors and communities recover from disasters like this storm."
Including the contribution announced today, our corporate and foundation disaster-relief giving now totals more than $600,000 this year. We have provided support for the American Red Cross, the Hispanic Federation, Broward Education Foundation, Salvation Army-St. Thomas, Hawaii Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama and the Lawrence (MA) Emergency Fund. In the last year, these organizations supported victims and communities affected by disasters as diverse as hurricanes, tornadoes, mass shootings, volcanic eruptions, and most recently, last week's gas explosions in Massachusetts.
AT&T is also funding Team Rubicon as it builds out 20 Crisis Readiness Units in eight key U.S. cities including Raleigh, NC. These units will help develop thousands of trained and qualified military/veteran and civilian volunteers to assist in disaster relief efforts following tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters in impacted communities
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