TVA Donates 10,600 'Meals, Ready-to-Eat' to North Alabama Disaster Recovery
May 2, 2011
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority has donated and delivered 10,600 “meals, ready-to-eat” to local disaster recovery agencies serving communities in north Alabama that suffered severe storm damage.
A TVA truck transported the self-contained meal kits from Muscle Shoals, Ala., to American Red Cross offices serving Madison, Marshall, Jackson, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence counties. TVA is coordinating the assistance through the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.
“TVA employees who live in north Alabama and our crews working tirelessly to restore power throughout our service region have seen firsthand the destruction across many counties in Alabama and other states,” Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum said. “Beyond our immense transmission line restoration efforts, this is a small way TVA can contribute to the relief efforts being undertaken by numerous agencies and organizations.”
TVA already had the “meals, ready-to-eat” kits in hand in case of emergencies, such as a pandemic flu outbreak. TVA staff in Muscle Shoals recently had been researching ways to provide the kits to the Japanese earthquake relief efforts, but the April 27 storms brought the need closer to home.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000