Power Rangers — FPL joins ‘brotherhood’ of emergency workers on front lines
September 2017, Charlotte, Florida
By Gary Roberts, Charlotte Sun

CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Cheryl Reas came all the way from Indiana for the massive cookout. It wasn’t really a choice, though, because Reas is with Storm Services, a firm contracted to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts, and she is the cook.

On Thursday night, at the Florida Power and Light staging site near Punta Gorda Airport, she and her coworkers were making dinner for 850 emergency personnel, defying the intense heat contained within four food preparation trailers while roasting 480 pounds of pork loin.

But that is only one aspect of her duties.

"We do whatever we’re asked to do. You just got to get the job done," she said.

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The line that connects us
October 2016, Kingstree, South Carolina
By Michaele Duke, Kingstree News

We flip a light switch and the lights come on. Doesn’t seem like much until the power goes out. On October 8, Williamsburg County experienced a disastrous storm Hurricane Matthew. It left tens of thousands of citizens without power and many frustrated Santee Electric Cooperative members. That being the case, The News went behind the scenes of the co-op to find out how the system works.

Santee Electric Cooperative Manager of Community Relations Adrel Langley provided a tour of what could be described as a mini city located in a parking lot to the right of the facility. The facility housed, fed, and provided other amenities for over 200 workers from as far as Kentucky as they worked to bring power back to the thousands of customers left in the dark. “This storm sat on top of us for 12 hours,” said Langley. “It took total advantage taking out nearly all our power lines.” Santee Electric is the largest cooperative east of the Mississippi. The cooperative has 2,005 square miles of service territory, many of which are located in fields and swamps, which makes it difficult to access power lines.

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Tent cities put up stakes in Beaumont
September 2008, Beaumont, Texas
By Dan Wallach, Beaumont Enterprise

David Seyler tooled around Babe Zaharias Park in Beaumont on
a golf cart, weaving around parked truck trailers. He pointed out
which ones are bunkhouses and which are for laundry or showers.
He pointed out a pitched tent. “We can feed 500 to 1,000 people
an hour in there,” he said.

Welcome to one of 18 such sites around Southeast Texas, where
Entergy Texas has created small cities to support its 14,000 restoration
workers.

These are the sites the utility workers in the neighborhoods depend
on for sleeping, their meals, their laundry, and everything else that
an army in the field needs to survive.
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Crews still cooking, delivering meals in New Orleans
March 2006 — NEW ORLEANS
By Lesly C. Simmons, Staff Writer and Photographer, RedCross.org

Thursday, March 02, 2006 — NEW ORLEANS – Six months after Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross is still on the scene meeting the needs of residents trying to rebuild in and around New Orleans. Every night, a crew of more than 20 prepare meals from 2 a.m. until 7 or 8 a.m. when more than 20 Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) show up to pick up the food for delivery After all this time, the Red Cross is still handing out nearly 10,000 meals every day from those ERVs—every day except for Fat Tuesday.

Power Rangers
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Mobilization Flyover
Video Flyover September 2017 - Hurricane Irma Mobilization
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The line that connect us
Video Walkthrough October 2016 - Kingstree News
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Food Vendors Assist
in Storm Recovery

TV Interview October 2014 - WLTX
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Finding Comfort
Storm Services On Site

November 2012 - New York
New York Times
Tent Cities in New York City
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AEP Ohio Restore Power
Storm Services On Site

June/July 2012 - Ohio
Ohio AEP PSA
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After the Storm
June 2009 - Marion, Illinois
WKIL 3 News
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Working Hard Churchill Downs
Winter 2009 - Louisville, Kentucky
WHAS 11 News
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Utility Workers Staging at Churchill Downs
Winter Storms - Louisville, Kentucky
WLKY 32 News
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