**Hurricane Sandy on October 29th, 2012, a few hours prior to landfall on the New Jersey Coast**
D.B. Becker Co., Inc. - Hurricane Sandy Update
After a very challenging week for the entire eastern seaboard, the D.B. Becker Co., Inc. is pleased to announce all employees and families are safe and sound. There were a number of tense moments, with Hurricane Sandy's Winds exceeding 85 mph at times, homes were blown off of foundations, trees and powerlines down, power outages, water and fuel shortages, and the list goes on. Although we are not anywhere close to being 'back to normal,' the eastern seaboard is in the process of rebuilding. Hurricane Sandy took the lives of more than 85 individuals, and the number continues to grow. Our thoughts and prayers are with all these families who lost loved ones.
As of Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, the D.B. Becker Co., Inc. was up and operational. We were able to string together a bank of computers and communication devices, being powered by a large diesel generator (acquired the prior day), and resumed correspondance with our customer base. We received power back late Wednesday evening allowing us to reach full operational status on Thursday, November 1st. Presently, all employess are back working diligently with our customer base to satisfy all orders to maintain production requirements throughout the East Coast Region.
Six of our seven warehouses are operational. The only warehouse not servicing our customer base is located in one of the main impacted areas. They presently have no power, running on generator providing very basic communication via 'copper' lines recently set up. JCP&L and PSEG, the two main suppliers of electric in New Jersey, were promising restoration of major services in seven to fourteen days. We are hoping that majority of the state is up in the next two to three days. The 'New Jersey Shore,' is not as fortunate. There has been major infrastructure damage and flooding that will forever change the NJ Shoreline. This will take many months, if not years, to fix. Our logistics carriers, both LTL and Full Truckload, have been catching up. We have encountered unexpected delays with specific regional carriers and we sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience.
The D.B. Becker Co., Inc. would like to sincerely thank all of our Customers and Principals for your thoughts and prayers over the last week. Hurricane Sandy (aka. The Storm of the Century, The Perfect Storm, Frankenstorm, Hybrid Extra Tropical Storm, etc.) will most definitely remain in our memory for many years to come.
Should you have any questions, concerns, or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (800) 394-3991.
We thank you again for all your support during this difficult time!
The D.B. Becker Team