Tracking and Responding to Super Storm Sandy
Across the enterprise, Lockheed Martin employees are helping those impacted by Hurricane Sandy by giving of their time, energy and finances to bring some relief to victims. In addition to that valuable assistance, Lockheed Martin products and services have been instrumental in tracking the storm and delivering much-needed assistance to communities devastated by its fury.
As the tragic consequences of the storm unfolded, the Lockheed Martin Employee Disaster Relief Fund (LMEDRF) was activated to assist employees in any state impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The fund helps full-time and part-time employees offset costs associated with recovery. Additionally, Lockheed Martin will make a donation to the American Red Cross as well as to local rebuilding projects to help communities recover.
Lockheed Martin also provided critical technology used by those supporting relief efforts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) deployed C-130s and P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft even before the storm made landfall. Brimming with instrumentation, these aircraft gauged Sandy’s strength and tracked its path up the Atlantic coast.
The Department of Defense as well as National Guard units from California, Arkansas, West Virginia, and other states flew C-130 aircraft to deliver medical aid, search and rescue teams, meals, generators, pumps, tents, water, blankets and other supplies to impacted areas to support the activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
C-5 transports were also deployed by National Guard units in California and Texas to deliver relief supplies as well as trucks and personnel from Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric to the affected area.
Aside from Lockheed Martin aircraft playing a role, employees with Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) - Civil in the Atlanta area supported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by deploying several Field Medical Stations to areas hit hard by the storm.
A federal medical station can be used to set up a temporary, non-acute medical care facility with beds, supplies and medicines to care for as many as 250 people for up to three days. These stations provide shelter and care for people who have non-acute medical, mental health, or other health-related needs not provided for by a general shelter.
The C-5B Galaxy delivered vital supplies and equipment to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy last week. A. C-5B assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. flew to March Air Reserve Base, Calif., picked up 73 electrical workers and two utility trucks, and dropped them off at Stewart Air National Guard Base, near New York City, hours later. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway)