November 30th marked the end of the 2017 hurricane season, which certainly comes with a sigh of relief for people living in areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Despite challenging working conditions, the CHA team accepted the call to help in the U.S. Virgin Islands and over the past few weeks has been assisting with collection of storm assessment data for St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. CHA supported a contractor that has hundreds of linemen deployed in the US Virgin Islands. The CHA Team worked long hours each day, as they utilized tablet-based data collectors to help gather information, including photo documentation for every pole on each island - totaling more than 38,000 poles. The conditions were difficult with many hazards, but our first team safely returned home to their friends and families.
CHA has now just deployed a second team of four people who like the first team, will be living on FEMA-funded cruise ships docked in St. Croix and St. Thomas. They will be there supporting the ongoing recovery effort until just before Christmas. Some of the tasks for this second wave of field support will include collecting as-build data and conducting pole integrity checks. Depending on progress and the need, CHA may also support a third wave of field-staff in January 2018.
CHA thanks our hardworking employees who left their families behind to help with hurricane recovery efforts.