​Preparing for Disasters

PSE Foundation Launches Program to Award Generators to Help Emergency Shelters, Food Centers, Neighborhoods during Crisis

BELLEVUE, Wash. (July 8, 2015) – In an ongoing effort to better prepare our communities in the event of a disaster, Puget Sound Energy Foundation has launched a $1 million campaign to outfit locations with high-capacity generators to be used during emergencies, such as an earthquake. The recipients are nonprofit organizations.

The generators -- targeted to low income, vulnerable locations -- will support key responders in the Puget Sound Energy service area, including warming shelters and food distribution centers. Over the next five years, PSE Foundation will award $200,000 each year for the allocation of generators. The first recipients have just been announced:

  • The Community Action of Skagit County working with the Skagit Food Distribution Center, Mount Vernon. The only emergency food distribution facility serving Skagit and Island counties; preserving quality and safety of stored food is essential.
  • Senior Services of Island County, Freeland. Emergency warming shelter and provider of Meals on Wheels for seniors on the island.
  • Emergency Food Network of Tacoma and Pierce County, Lakewood. Designated as an emergency site in the case of a natural disaster; main food distribution center for Pierce County.
  • Upper Kittitas County Senior Center, Cle Elum. Provides emergency shelter and warmth for anyone who needs it, including families displaced by recent wildfires; generator would keep operations going during emergency.

“PSE Foundation aims to help communities get disaster ready with a network of generators in places where they can do the most good,” said Andy Wappler, chairman and president of PSE Foundation. “We all need to work toward better preparing our families, workplaces and communities for the unexpected.”

Nonprofits interested in learning more about the qualifications for the generator program may inquire by email to PSEFoundation@pse.com.

The PSE Foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates independently of Puget Sound Energy. Its endowment comes from previous sales within Puget Energy, PSE’s parent company. None of the Foundation’s funds will ever come from PSE’s utility customers.

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