The company’s emergency response team distributes pumps to affected areas
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Thompson Pump contributed pumps and services to the emergency response efforts.
“The phones were ringing off the hook. Calls came in from the private and public sectors; companies and municipalities had urgent and immediate needs that had to be met,” said Bobby Zitzka, sales manager for Thompson Pump. “Our teams all did a fantastic job. They worked around the clock to ensure everyone’s safety and satisfaction, either through their physical presence or by obtaining pumps from other locations not affected by the storm.”
The Emergency Response Team snapped into action; engineers, technicians and drivers went to work getting to each site in the best possible time, then labored around the clock to dewater the affected areas.
“Our Emergency Response Team deployed numerous pumps and thousands of feet of discharge hose to large numbers of public and privately owned sites throughout the hard-hit northeastern coast and central Florida. They work hard and true; they get the job done,” said Ryan McHugh, branch manager of Thompson Pump’s Port Orange, Fla., facility.
Unfortunately, Florida was not the only area impacted by the hurricane. At every Thompson Pump location up the east coast from Chesapeake, Va., to West Palm Beach, Fla., the company was at maximum utilization, distributing as many pumps as it had available. It was a complete team effort. In addition to Port Orange, Chesapeake and West Palm Beach, emergency personnel from Thompson Pump locations in Savannah, Ga.; Goldsboro, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla., also pitched in to meet the needs of customers during this busy time. Even now, pressures for equipment continue to be important in Virginia and the Carolinas.
“Over the years, our emergency response team has refined the action plan to meet all kinds of emergencies. Thompson Pump has been there for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Gulf oil spill, the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, super-storm Sandy, and now Hurricane Matthew. Helping mitigate disaster is something we take pride in doing,” said Chris Thompson, president of Thompson Pump. “It’s not something we like to do; it’s something we must do.”