The Cat Rental Power Dealer Network last week began responding to the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Irene. The hurricane's destructive forces left nearly 5 million households and thousands of businesses without power along the East Coast. The dealer network mobilized more than 500 megawatts of temporary power to restore electricity to hundreds of locations.
The seamless integration and movement of equipment from across the United States and Canada provided many facilities with power both before and after the storm passed. The numbers are still growing but more than 1,000 generators and 100 miles of cabling were installed last week to turn the lights back on for many of those left in the dark.
"Hurricane Irene was a devastating storm that will have a lasting impact for years to come,” said William Rohner, vice president of Caterpillar's Electric Power Division. “Cat dealers across North America began developing contingency plans and moving equipment and manpower into place long before the first rains reached the East Coast. Hundreds of thousands of families and businesses have the power they need thanks to the quick response from the entire Cat dealer network and the deployment of reliable Cat Rental Power solutions that will help them return to their normal lives."
The Cat Rental Power dealer network has more than 1,600 worldwide locations. For more information, visit www.catelectricpowerinfo.com/rental.