Emergency Fueling Services

Written on: April 22, 2024

Responding to Disasters with Emergency Fueling

emergency fueling Essex County, MA It’s been seven years since the formation of Broco Energy’s Priority 1 emergency-response team, and with another Atlantic Hurricane Season coming up on the horizon, we are well-prepared to go wherever help is needed in 2024.

Broco Energy is certified for emergency response–including emergency fuel delivery–by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as the Coast Guard. We are also contracted as the emergency fuel provider for the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association (MEMA).

Taking advantage of partnerships that we have set up throughout the country, our Priority 1 emergency-response team can be found on the scene wherever we’re needed, providing immediate emergency fuel deliveries until the trucks we’ve deployed arrive on site.

Qualified to respond to all levels of emergencies, our team is made up of experienced fuel-truck drivers and fuel-logistics coordinators. We can handle extreme weather events and other high-pressure situations, offering critical fuel support when it’s needed most.

Disaster relief means more than just oil trucks and supplies. Our response includes workforce and logistics coordinators who will send oil tanks, do remote monitoring, and schedule emergency fuel service and deliveries as needed throughout the duration of the incident.

The Beginning of Emergency Fueling: 2017

In 2017, Broco Energy was activated to provide relief efforts for FEMA in Florida during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That was the beginning of our national Priority 1 emergency-response team.

We left Boston with six oil tank trucks loaded with diesel and gasoline to provide fuel for priority facilities on a 24-hour basis. We stationed our trucks at local hospitals for generator refueling and at appointed fueling points to help the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.

The following year, the Broco Energy team left the Carolinas, where we had been helping with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence, to respond to an urgent call from back home. We were asked to provide generators, which supplied heat to thousands of residents left without natural gas service due to multiple explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

We started with a small response by teaming up with fire departments on the scene, and then, once the incident was stabilized, we handled fixing the gas main.
The operation lasted from September into the winter. Broco Energy provided fuel service to more than 500 generators 24 hours a day for over three months, until new natural gas pipelines and equipment could be installed.

In 2019, we dispatched a fleet of trucks to Georgia, South Carolina and Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

In 2020, we responded to multiple natural disasters in Louisiana. First, to help with the recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, we sent a fleet of 12 trucks and several hundred generators.

Soon after, Hurricane Sally caused extensive damage to the growing city of Lake Charles, LA, where we responded with 400 generators. At the same time, we continued to aid with the response to Hurricane Laura for more than two months. While there, we provided critical infrastructure for city services such as utility companies, hospitals, and waste-water treatment plants.

In 2021, we provided generators to hospitals and utility companies in the New Orleans area during the recovery from Hurricane Ida. We also fueled the pumping stations that controlled the levees to prevent catastrophic flooding.

Finally, two years ago, we aided after the devastating Category 4 Hurricane Ian caused extensive damage in the Fort Meyers, FL area. We worked to restore power with local and national utility companies while also providing generators throughout the region.

Looking Ahead

As we move ahead in 2024, the Priority 1 emergency-response team at Broco Energy stays ready to respond to and help any community in the country hit by power outages after disasters with emergency fueling and Priority 1 delivery service–every day of the year.

Emergency situations call for swift, organized response, with no hesitation and no room for no mistakes. For areas affected by hurricanes, ice storms, floods, natural disasters or power outages, our professional, expert team is on the scene with the emergency fueling that’s necessary to get the job done.

If you live or have a business in Essex County, MA or one of the many other communities in our service area in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, please reach out to us if you would like to become a Broco Energy commercial or residential fuel customer.