U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

In the wake of recent natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, everyday Americans assumed the role of first responders as their families’ and friends’ lives hung in the balance. The energy industry was at the forefront of this response. In life-threatening conditions, countless members of the energy industry worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources. GEI is proud to tell their stories in a series of short videos which bring us back to the critical hours during and immediately after these events. We hope these stories will both educate and inspire.

Hurricane Harvey, Texas

Over a four day period in August, the Gulf Coast was rocked by a Category 4 storm system—irrevocably changing the lives of millions of Americans. An estimated 15 trillion gallons of rain fell on the City of Houston leading to catastrophic flooding and billions of dollars in damages. In the harrowing days that followed, members of Houston’s energy industry jumped into action to help those in need.

Employees at Exxon Mobil put their own worries and concerns aside after being notified that the city of Beaumont had lost access to their water supply when the pumps that deliver fresh water had been compromised. The team quickly went into action and provided piping and infrastructure that would allow over 100,000 residents to get access to clean water.
With Hurricane Harvey delivering more rain than anticipated, Caleb, a Project Specialist for Buckeye Partners, L.P. knew that he had to help those in his community. Through the use of an old military Humvee and a two ton truck, Caleb and a few others were able to help not only evacuate neighbors, but deliver supplies to those in need and access areas local emergency response crews could not.
In a community that received over 60 inches of rain and had more than 80 percent of homes flooded, Chris knew that he had the means and know-how to help. As a specialist and maintenance planner and an avid duck hunter with a boat capable of navigating the area, Chris and his colleagues rescued over 500 people, helped fix a Coast Guard rescue boat and opened his home to those that came to the area to lend a hand.
Melissa and Martha of Halliburton received word that there were children that needed help evacuating from a community outside of Houston. With a strong desire to help, Melissa quickly leveraged assets from Haliburton to coordinate an evacuation of over 90 people all while Martha was assisting in evacuation efforts and aiding neighbors she had never met.
The city of Deer Park (a suburb of Houston) and Shell have a strong relationship through the good times and the bad. This relationship was on display when the city’s retention ponds began to flood. Tracy and his team at Shell deployed a massive pump to help the city, saving hundreds of homes and businesses from flooding.
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