Entergy presented the American Red Cross with a $50,000 gift July 11 as part of their on-going commitment to provide relief for disaster survivors in Arkansas and across the country, according to a news release.


“Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster,” said Lori Arnold, executive director of the Red Cross Greater Arkansas Chapter. “Disaster Responder Program members, like Entergy, provide essential support before disasters strike so the Red Cross is equipped to provide clean water, safe shelter and hot meals during people’s darkest moments.”


Severe weather and flooding impacted multiple states, including most recently the historic flooding in dozens of communities along the Arkansas River.


“For more than 16 weeks, several thousand Red Cross disaster workers have provided safe shelter, food, relief supplies, health services and comfort to people in need as they plan their recovery from these devastating events,” according to the release.


Michael Considine is Entergy Arkansas vice president of customer service.


“It’s an honor for Entergy to support the American Red Cross as they meet the immediate needs of people in crisis,” Considine said. “Many of our customers have been affected by recent natural disasters. We’re fortunate to have a partner like the Red Cross during these events as we take care of our primary responsibility to restore power. When we say ‘We Power Life,’ this is a good example.”


As of July 8, the Red Cross has provided the following relief to flooding surivors in Arkansas:


• Provided over 2,200 shelter stays for individuals and families;


• Served more than 29,900 meals and snacks;


• Distributed more than 12,100 relief items and emergency supplies;


• Response efforts were supported by more than 300 active volunteers;


• Made more than 2,600 disaster health and mental health contacts.


“While large disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires typically draw national attention, each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters across the country — the majority of which are home fires. Generous contributions from Disaster Responder members enable the Red Cross to provide services to people in need of assistance at no cost and regardless of income,” according to the release.


“And thanks to Disaster Responder members, Red Cross volunteers are also in their local communities every day, conducting disaster preparedness presentations and giving people the reassurance and confidence to face crises of all kinds,” according to the release.