ST. LOUIS, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the May 20 tornado and severe weather that impacted communities in the Midwest, Ameren Corporation and its employees are donating $25,000 to assist storm victims in Oklahoma and aid the American Red Cross with their relief efforts.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas who have experienced the loss of loved ones and property from this devastating tornado," said Warner Baxter, president and CEO of Ameren Missouri. "As Midwesterners, we know full well the impact severe weather can have on the lives and communities we serve. We have a responsibility to help our neighbors in need."
"In addition to the financial support, we have alerted our utility colleagues in Oklahoma that we stand ready to deploy our line crews and field personnel to aid in power restoration if additional resources are needed," said Richard Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois.
Ameren employees will also be able to donate to the recovery efforts by making a one-time gift, or through payroll deduction in June and July.
St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation serves 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through our Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric and natural gas delivery service while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of 10,300 megawatts, and natural gas delivery service. Ameren Transmission develops regional electric transmission projects. In March 2013, we entered into a definitive agreement to divest our Illinois-based merchant generation business. Our mission is to meet our customers' energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally-responsible manner while enhancing shareholder value. For more information, visit Ameren.com.
SOURCE Ameren Corporation