Foster Fuels has been delivering fuel to critical infrastructure and crews working to restore power in the aftermath of the 2021 Texas ice storms that left more than four million people without power. The company initially dispatched two dozen trucks delivering diesel fuel and gasoline after an emergency fuel activation from FEMA, but the count has grown to more than 110.
The storm devastated access to local fuel reserves within Texas, which required Foster to source fuel from 12 states with some as far away as Utah and Ohio. So far, Foster has dispensed approximately 500,000 gallons of fuel to provide support to crews from American Electric Power, 15 data centers, four hospitals nd four locations storing doses of the COVID vaccine. This has been no easy task, especially with the hazardous conditions.
“Road travel has been challenging as our trucks move further south, but we have been able to use information from DOT and highway webcams to direct our team in the safest routes,” said Foster Senior Vice President Will Rohrig. “Not only do we have our eyes on the road, but also on keeping our drivers and the public safe from COVID. The vast majority of our drivers are vaccinated, and all are following appropriate protocols.”
This marks the end of one full week of relief efforts in Texas. Foster expects their mission will continue for at least one, and possibly two more weeks. “We are proud of the men and women working hard to help those affected, and we look forward to all of them returning home safely to their families,” said Rohrig.
Established in 1921, Foster Fuels, Inc. is a privately held corporation providing downstream distribution of diesel, gasoline, Jet A and propane to residential, commercial and government customers. Foster Fuels operates an award-winning emergency fuel division specializing in business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. More information about Foster Fuels can be found at https://www.fosterfuelsmissioncritical.com/.