Five years ago today, high winds, tidal surges and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy ravaged part of the Northeast United States. Just days after the storm, natural gas utilities began work in the bitter cold to restore gas service to thousands of homes and businesses ahead of the threat of a quickly approaching nor’easter. More than 300 utility workers that left the comforts of their homes in the south, mid-west and Canada to assist in recovery efforts.
Three years later, the American Gas Association (AGA) made this video to honor those that traveled so far to provide much-needed assistance. We told the stories of teams from Alliant Energy in Iowa and Wisconsin that drove to the affected area and New Jersey Natural Gas which provides safe, reliable natural gas to half a million customers in parts of New Jersey that saw massive devastation from Hurricane Sandy.
AGA closely monitored the impacts of recent Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma and continue to receive regular updates from government and our member companies about the effects of Hurricane Maria and other natural disasters that have touched our nation. Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the destruction these natural disasters have caused.
Unlike that fateful day in 2012, AGA’s Mutual Assistance Program has not been activated over the past few months. Natural gas utilities have done a tremendous job keeping their systems intact and running properly. It is incredibly rare for natural gas customers in the United States to lose service and their utilities respond swiftly and effectively if they do.
We know that there is still a lot of work to do to before homes and businesses in areas recently hit by hurricanes feel like they are back to normal. AGA will continue to seek ways to assist our members and their customers as recovery efforts continue.