We’d like to recognize the incredible work of the men and women of Danella who work in storm restoration and shine a light on the work they do to keep our communities up and running. We talked with Joseph Spause, who is the Vice President of Danella Construction of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and oversees storm restoration.
Danella’s storm and power restoration team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. If the power goes out at 3 AM on Christmas morning, they answer the call to drive out and do the work that needs to be done. According to Spause, “When a storm is hitting, our crews drop whatever they’re doing with their family—which could be weddings or funerals—to go work for days or weeks at a time to restore power to communities so that people can continue to live their lives.”
Emergencies do come on the holidays, in the middle of the night, and Danella’s storm restoration team is there. Spause continued, “They don’t even blink. They do it so hospitals can keep operating and nursing homes can be heated. They put their lives on hold to get the critical infrastructure up and running. I have an immense amount of respect for the people who work on our crews, and for their husbands and wives who share their loved ones’ time with the communities that need them.”
Danella’s power restoration work is done when storms take out power lines, or when downed trees fall on utility poles. The storm response team is mobilized to reset the poles and restore the electrical lines. Power restoration is done on behalf of utility companies. It can be a dangerous line of work, which is why Danella’s storm restoration teams are always made up of the best that the industry has to offer. They never cut corners and always put safety first.
The last few years have seen an uptick in hurricane activity. Danella was recently in the Carolinas responding to hurricane Michael, and last year responded to hurricanes Irma and Matthew in the Florida region. Storm response teams work 16-hour days, 7 days a week until power is restored. Sometimes the job takes one day, and sometimes it takes weeks while the team sleeps on cots or in emergency shelters. Our teams mobilize wherever a storm hits, be it Philadelphia or California.