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Irma Update: Power is back on at Zone Defense
By Teresa Prisbrey - September 18, 2017
To our valued customers,
As you know, our corporate offices are in St. Petersburg. We were extremely lucky that we were not in an evacuation zone. Unfortunately, as we reported earlier, we did lose power. We are excited to report that due to the tireless work of so many, our power was restored this morning.
We’re the lucky ones…
As mentioned, we were lucky. We had a generator that allowed us to keep the bare minimums up and running. The night of the hurricane, our offices became a reprieve for those who were evacuated. Our team brought in air mattresses, food, and other supplies to give shelter to people and pets who were in the evacuation zone. After the storm, we used our generator to allow those without power to come in and power up their phones.
Due to the hard work of so many people, we were fortunate enough to have only one day when we couldn’t ship products from our corporate office. In addition, we kept our support lines open throughout the week.
None of this could have been accomplished without the help of others. We’d like to take a moment to recognize those who helped make this possible.
To all the utility and energy companies: Teams from all over the US have come into Florida to help restore power as quickly as possible. These men and women are working around the clock, often with minimal breaks and basic supplies while stores and shops were closed.
To the DOT, National Guard, waste companies, and community at large: We’ve been in awe of the speed in which everyone has rolled up their sleeves to clear the roads to ensure supplies can be brought into the surrounding areas. These heroes have kept our city safe, responded at unbelievable speeds in testing the many bridges surrounding our city, and have worked 24/7 to ensure major thoroughfares are cleaned and repaired. Without their cleanup efforts, our roads and bridges would still be impassable. We’ve also watched as our community and neighbors have come together to help those who were not as fortunate: taking in complete strangers; bringing food, water, and other supplies to those without; and simply rolling up their sleeves to help remove debris to help neighbors and businesses alike.
To UPS and FedEx: We are impressed! How you managed to show up the day after a hurricane to ship our safety products to our waiting customers is above and beyond any realistic expectations. Thank you!
To First Responders (Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Paramedics, Ambulance): When the rest of us were still taking shelter, you were the first to hit the roads to look for those affected. You’ve kept our city safe, our loved ones protected, and provide the critical care for so many in their time of need.
It will take some time for Florida to completely recover from this event. There is still a lot of clean up left and many of our neighbors are still without power. It will be quite a while to learn the true damages caused by this event. We continue to keep everyone affected in our hearts. We ask that everyone continue to be patient, understanding, and caring as Florida and Texas work so hard to bounce back.
The Zone Defense Family