Hurricane Sandy devastated vast areas of the Mid-Atlantic and New England last October, causing several governors to declare states of emergency and necessitating aid and assistance from every level of government and the private sector. In the aftermath of the storm, thousands of homes were damaged and millions across the US were left without power. This “On Leadership” discussion highlighted the consequences of Hurricane Sandy and provided an analysis of the lessons learned following the destruction and perspectives of how best to handle these natural disasters in the future to guarantee the safety and livelihood of the American public.
With 1,360 retail outlets and 8,600 miles of transmission, Hess and National Grid are the leading providers of power and gas in the Northeast region.
Immediately after Hurricane Sandy, Hess kept 98% of its stations in New York and New Jersey open with the help of emergency generators – compared to 25% of its competitors. National Grid helped rebuild the hardest hit communities in New York giving $30 million in assistance through its “Sandy Rebuild Program,” and working closely with business and policymakers to rebuild infrastructure and reconnect them to the network.
Read the press release here.
Senior Vice President, Retail and Energy Marketing, Hess Corporation
Thomas B. King
Executive Director & President, National Grid US
President, Bipartisan Policy Center