NAPA – As a member of the Napa Chamber of Commerce for more than 65 years, PG&E is one of many long-standing local businesses in the Napa Valley community. In 2014, that partnership evolved when a 6.0 earthquake hit Napa residents on Aug. 24. Over the next few days, PG&E crews worked tirelessly to restore power, repair gas leaks and ensure the entire Napa community received safe and reliable gas and electric service.
On Friday (Jan. 23), the Napa Chamber of Commerce recognized PG&E for its unprecedented response during the earthquake with its Large Business of the Year Award. Among more than 200 attendees, including State Senator Lois Wolk, Assemblymember Bill Dodd and Mayor Jill Techel, PG&E expressed gratitude to Napa residents and graciously accepted the prestigious award.
“The devastating events of August 2014 will long be remembered by the citizens of Napa. What will also be remembered is the collaboration and execution of our emergency response teams, PG&E and civic leadership, all working tirelessly to get us back on the road to recovery in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. This award was a very small way for our community to say thank you,” said Travis Stanley, president/ CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce.
PG&E employees often look at emergency response and say, “This is what we train for every day. This is what we do best.” So it’s no surprise that crews restored power to more than 70,000 customers in less than 26 hours, conducted leak surveys on thousands of miles of the gas system pipelines, replaced or repaired distribution and transmission gas pipelines, provided door-to-door customer service to more than 6,000 customers, partnered with Red Cross to provide shelter and support to local residents, and coordinated response efforts with first responders in the wake of the earthquake.
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“There is no greater honor that PG&E can receive than to be recognized by the local communities where our employees live and work. Hundreds of our employees call the greater Napa region their home, and we are proud to have helped make a difference during the earthquake response. While we practice emergency preparedness every day, this is one more opportunity to remind all of our customers how important it is to have a plan in case of an emergency,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s senior vice president of Customer Care.
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