Preparing Our Communities

PSE Foundation Installs Generators at Several Sites to Help Keep People Warm and Food Cold during Emergency Situations

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Sept. 14, 2015) – In an ongoing effort to better prepare our communities in the event of a disaster, Puget Sound Energy Foundation is installing high-capacity generators at locations that can become emergency shelters and warming centers, or are currently food distribution centers. We will unveil the equipment at three different sites in three counties on the same day.

The generators -- which are able to power larger facilities -- can be used during emergencies, such as an earthquake. They’ve been awarded to nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Energy service area to specifically help those in low income, vulnerable locations.

The dedications will be on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10-11 a.m., with the main event happening in Lakewood. The media is encouraged to join us and others from the respective communities to learn more about making our neighborhoods disaster ready:

Emergency Food Network of Tacoma and Pierce County
3318 92nd Street South, Lakewood
Designated as an emergency site; main food distribution center for Pierce County.
Senior Services of Island County
14594 State Route 525, Langley
Emergency shelter and warming center; provides Meals on Wheels for seniors.
Upper Kittitas County Senior Center
719 E 3rd Street, Cle Elum
Emergency shelter and warming center for those who need it.

Later in the fall, a fourth generator will be installed at the Skagit Food Distribution Center in Sedro-Woolley on behalf of Community Action of Skagit County. This is the beginning of a $1 million campaign by PSE Foundation to award generators to deserving organizations over the next five years, with $200,000 allocated each year.

At the Lakewood event, PSE employees will also present donations of food and personal hygiene items to coincide with the United Way’s Day of Caring Campaign that day.

About Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Puget Energy, the parent company of Puget Sound Energy, created the Puget Sound Energy Foundation in 2006 to continue its legacy of leadership and support of worthy, community-based programs. The foundation makes charitable contributions to qualifying 501(c) (3) nonprofits to help support a broad range of community programs, with a special focus on initiatives that promote economic and environmental sustainability within PSE’s service territory and in other areas where the utility produces or purchases energy in the Pacific Northwest. None of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation funds come from utility customers. Visit PSEFoundation.org for more information.

About Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy is proud to serve our neighbors and communities in 10 Washington counties. We’re the state’s largest utility, supporting 1.1 million electric customers and 790,000 natural gas customers. For more about us and what we do, visit PSE.com. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact

Ray Lane, 1-888-831-7250
ray.lane@pse.com