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Hurricane Update: Fueling Those Who Fuel Our Communities

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 19, 2017

We continue to see the best of the American spirit – neighbors helping neighbors across Texas and Florida as recovery efforts continue after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. When storms hit, there is a select group of people that works around the clock to keep the lights on or get them back running, or to respond to emergencies. There also are a select few who help fuel first responders and communities once recovery efforts begin. Take this local favorite in Corpus Christi, Texas, as reported by KUT 90.5 in Austin

Gordo’s American Eats sits in the middle of an industrial area in Corpus Christi. Tucked in the relative safety of the Coastal Bend’s biggest city during the storm, the restaurant was able to get up and running shortly after Harvey hit — and help the city get up and running.

Manuel Gutierrez on Republic Waste Services

Even as Harvey was approaching, Gordo’s was providing meals for energy workers at the Citgo refinery.

“They had all their employees on hand, man,” [Guitierrez] said… She calls and says, ‘Hey, man, we gotta feed our guys, you know. They’ve been living on cookies and water and sandwiches. Can you provide a hot meal?’ I said, ‘Absolutely!’ Basically, fueling the fuel that’s fueling Corpus Christi. And that was big for us.”

As recovery efforts continue, refineries restart, and fuel supplies get back to normal, we continue to see ways volunteers are providing relief to communities impacted: 

Over 750 tankers loaded and rolling with fuel across Florida from Seaport Canaveral in last 48 hours.

Posted by Port Canaveral on Thursday, September 14, 2017

About 50 volunteers from Noble Energy and Toney Construction Services, Inc. pitched in to repair the damage suffered by the Aldine Family Hope Center from Hurricane Harvey:

Posted by Noble Energy on Friday, September 15, 2017


Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.