A Kentucky company has set up eight camps in areas of Texas hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey, and before all is said and done they expect to have built an entire mini-city to help house utility and government aid workers.
Emergency Disaster Services is a Maysville-based company that is often called in during major disasters to provide food, water and shelter to emergency utility workers, according to president and CEO Jerry Lundergan. Their resources were called out in the aftermath of Harvey through Texas state emergency management contracts.
The persistent rain and flooding in Texas have caused the company to approach Hurricane Harvey a little differently than they would other situations, Lundergan said. Rather than immediately grouping all of their resources into one “mini-city,” they have set up smaller camps around Corpus Christi to provide shelter to state government aid workers until rescue operations are complete.
Once the focus turns from rescuing trapped people in flooded areas of Texas, the mini-city will probably be built in a central location for workers helping to restore damaged utilities, Lundergan said. Lundergan anticipates that all of Emergency Disaster Services’ equipment will be sent to the area.
When all of the company’s resources are in Texas, they will be able to provide food, laundry, showers and shelter for about 10,000 people.
Lundergan said he’s grateful to “own a company that is able to do a real service and help other people.”