Taylor, Mich. Sept. 25, 2017 —Atlas Oil Company, a Michigan-based company specializing in emergency fueling, deployed 19 trucks for a 30-60 day operation to Puerto Rico to support the Department of Defense through its partner Foster Fuels. Trucks and support vehicles are departing via ship from the Port of Jacksonville in Florida and heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“When our team members see a chance to make a difference after an event like Maria, they don’t hesitate to get involved,” said Atlas President Bob Kenyon. “We’ve had drivers volunteering to help and our Emergency Fueling Team has been working around the clock to make sure the areas hit hardest by the 2017 hurricane season have the resources they need to begin recovery efforts.”
Within 24 hours, the Atlas Emergency Fueling Team coordinated 15 drivers and trucks, prepared the Fueling Innovation Trailer and loaded the Atlas Cares RV with essential supplies like food, water, clothing and toiletries for the deployment to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican officials estimate that power will not be restored to parts of the island for up to 6 months, making emergency fuel delivered by Atlas essential for the areas to start rebuilding after Maria.
The Puerto Rico deployment effort is Atlas’ third consecutive emergency deployment for the 2017 hurricane season. The first deployment of the season was in response to Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017. Atlas is still currently supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Irma in Florida to get fuel where it is needed most to restore the area’s infrastructure. Atlas sent a total of 79 trucks as a combined effort for hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida respectively—making the 2017 hurricane season relief effort the largest emergency deployment in company history.
Atlas Oil’s Emergency Services division has a history of responding to emergencies such as power outages caused by storms. The company frequently fills generators for hospitals, data centers, utilities, telecommunications and other mission critical companies.