AFL Associates Generate $7,500 in Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading global fiber optic cable and accessories manufacturer, presented a $7,500 check to the American Red Cross in support of disaster relief in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. The grant was made possible by AFL associates and AFL’s Community Outreach Program.

“This disaster relief support is unique to our associates because those affected by Florence are right here in the Carolina communities that we are a part of,” stated Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. “This was an opportunity for us to serve our local community by helping people to get back on their feet after the devastation many experienced.”  

The American Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 126,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters across the Carolinas in the aftermath of this storm. Nearly three weeks after Florence hit, there were still more than eight hundred people staying in shelters in the Carolinas. Red Cross disaster workers are serving countless hours to shelter, feed, and support people affected.

Hurricane Florence caused extensive damage to communities primarily in the Carolinas. The storm was a Category 4 hurricane right up until landfall, when it weakened to a Category 1. It moved slowly over the Carolinas, resulting in continuous heavy rainfall and consistently high winds. Florence dumped an average of 17.5 inches of rain on the Carolinas, but upward of thirty-five inches in some places. Fifty lives were claimed as a result, and millions of lives were disrupted. It was estimated that the storm costs are totaling from $16 billion to $20 billion, with a majority of those costs being in the Carolinas.

AFL’s extensive Community Outreach Program provides grants, sponsorships, employee engagement projects, disaster relief and more. For additional information on AFL and its community initiatives, visit

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit
Corie Culp
Community Relations Manager