Hurricane Sandy, one year later

For many home and business owners in the Northeast, moving on from Hurricane Sandy is easier said than done.

Our entire region, from Long Island and Staten Island to the Jersey Shore, suffered tremendous damage last October in what was the second most costly hurricane in United States history.

While Philadelphia escaped the worst of the storm, PGW still played an important role in recovery efforts. In response to the urgent needs of those in other parts of the region, 28 PGW employees pitched in and responded to the call for help issued through the American Gas Association's (AGA) Mutual Assistance Program.

This vital program is an alliance made between energy utilities to provide personnel, equipment and other assistance needed during emergencies like Superstorm Sandy. Without hesitation PGW crews stepped forward, geared-up and rolled out to join teams from other areas in bringing vital services back to homes, hospitals, schools and businesses. They worked tirelessly for many days so our neighbors in New Jersey and New York could get down to the task of rebuilding those areas devastated by the storm.

The AGA expressed their appreciation for the work performed by PGW's crews, by minting special commemorative coins, which were presented to them by PGW President & CEO Craig White.

Restoration efforts are ongoing up and down the coast, but we know that no matter what Mother Nature has in store, we can count on our neighbors and colleagues to show we’re stronger than the storm.

Many thanks to everyone out there involved in the relief effort and cleanup from Sandy.

 

— Your Neighbors at PGW



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