Defense Logistics Agency Energy continues to supply much needed fuel to assist people in New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy.
DLA Energy officials issued about 1.1 million gallons of motor gasoline and 333,000 gallons of diesel fuel to New York and New Jersey from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7, according to DLA Energy Plans and Operations Director Stephen Grace. New York has been issued 52 percent of the total fuel, and New Jersey has received 48 percent.
“We are continuing to work with requirements provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency to support first responders,” he said.
The fuel is being supplied through a contract with a Federal Emergency Management Agency contingency contractor.
The contractor is delivering the fuel directly to more than 30 sites in New York and New Jersey using its own trucks and, when needed, leasing trucks from other assets. The fuel is coming from facilities in Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and other locations.
“DLA Energy is continuing to supply fuel to more than 30 first responder sites spread between New Jersey and New York City, “DLA Energy Deputy Commander Patrick Dulin said. “Our requirements keep growing.”
DLA Energy is also supplying five Red Cross mobile kitchens with 500 gallons of diesel fuel and 500 gallons of motor gasoline per state per day, Dulin said.
DLA Energy officials are also being asked to supply fuel to support buses from the General Services Administration at two locations, the Meadowlands in New Jersey and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Because there was so much mass transit affected by Hurricane Sandy, GSA is augmenting buses to temporary support New Jersey and New York City bus transit center,” Dulin said.
DLA Energy officials are also supplying fuel to 10 hospitals in New York City so hospital employees can get to work.
”We will continue to provide fuel in support of FEMA in order to bridge the gap until the commercial industry in back online,” Dulin said.
DLA Energy Americas Commander Army Col. Ron Ross is coordinating fuel operations and helping facilitate fuel requirements in the New York/New Jersey affected areas, from the DLA Energy command center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
“It is going great,” Ross said during a DLA Energy operations update meeting. “The hospital mission is going well, and we are keeping pace with everything that is thrown our way.”