(July 15, 2021 – Daytona Beach, Florida) – Council on Aging of Volusia County (COA) recently received 250 weather radios from the Duke Energy Foundation for COA clients. The emergency radios feature solar power; power backup; hand crank charging; WB (Weather Band), AM, and FM frequencies; USB charging ports and cables; and flashlights. Last summer, Duke Energy Foundation funded the creation and distribution of a COA Hurricane Preparation Guide as well as several hundred Hurricane Preparedness Kits for COA’s elderly clients.
“It is a frightening experience to go through a hurricane, especially when you’re alone,” said Eveline Kraljic, COA Co-Executive Director. “COA ensures that our clients are safe by assisting with evacuation, if necessary, reaching out to all of our homebound clients as storms approach to make sure they are prepared, and delivering shelf-stable meals well ahead of storms. Emergency weather radios provide critical alerts, important information, and a sense of security to our seniors who choose to remain at home during bad storms and hurricanes. We are very grateful to Duke Energy for their longstanding commitment to our clients’ safety.”
Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida State President said, "Early preparation is key to keeping you and your family safe during and after a hurricane. Emergency weather radios like those provided to Council on Aging of Volusia County are important items to include in your storm kit so you can react quickly when dangerous weather threatens your neighborhood.”
Other items to consider for an emergency kit for your family include medicines, water, non-perishable food and supplies that might be hard to find after a storm. Visit duke-energy.com/stormtips for more information.
Established in 1967, COA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of our most vulnerable elderly citizens by providing needed services that enable them to remain safely, comfortably, and with dignity in their own homes. In 2020, COA provided more than 375,000 nutritious meals to local seniors; initiated a Telephone Reassurance Program that has resulted in more than 20,000 phone calls to clients; and launched a PetMeals on Wheels program to provide food and supplies to the pets of Meals on Wheels clients. For information on additional services, visit the COA website at www.coavolusia.org.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.