Atlas Oil Company’s Emergency Fueling Response Team deployed trucks in response to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday, Aug. 25. More than a dozen trucks were deployed from across the country to safe base camps outside the affected areas, the company says.
Atlas, a nationwide company, has access to millions of gallons of relief fuel in Texas and around the country, the company says in a news release issued Aug. 28. As of Sunday, Aug. 27, the trucks were staged in Texas until the flooding subsides, and its drivers can safely respond to the relief efforts and its contracted fuel assurance customers, the company says.
The slow-moving storm’s heavy rain is causing disastrous flooding and widespread devastation throughout Southeast Texas. As the storm weakens and first responders can survey the area, Atlas is preparing to deploy trucks and drivers to support the needs of the region.
“Our first priority was to ensure the safety of our team members,” says Bob Kenyon, president and chief operating officer at Atlas Oil. “Our Houston and Victoria offices were in the direct path of the storm, and we have frack fueling teams throughout Texas supporting drilling operations in the region.”
The Atlas Emergency Fueling division responds to disasters of all sizes, including natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy where it deployed over 75 trucks helping to restore infrastructure to regional blackouts and power outages.
“Our experienced team is prepared to respond at a moment’s notice,” says Jayme Oyen, director of emergency fuel services at Atlas Oil. “All of the various team members know exactly what to do and we have drivers on standby prepared to deploy when called upon.”
As an emergency fuel supplier, the company fills generators for hospitals, data centers, utilities, telecommunications companies and other “mission-critical” facilities, the company says.
Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Atlas Oil is a Simon Group Holdings company. Atlas offers single-source solutions for fuel, transportation and logistics and is one of the largest fuel distributors in the country, delivering over 1 billion gallons of fuel annually to customers in 46 states. It is engaged in transportation logistics and fueling including bulk, fleet, event, onsite, emergency response, and oil field services.