Mutual Assistance in Puerto Rico: The scope of our commitment

By Kathy Hill

With the San Juan District where the New York utility contingent was working at 98 percent restored as of late February, National Grid’s fourth wave has moved into other districts in Puerto Rico to continue with restoration efforts. Some recent figures help convey the scope of National Grid’s mutual assistance commitment.

The numbers below reflect the combined deployments (“waves”) of two Survey/assessment/project management teams and four waves of Restoration crews representing every region of the three upstate New York divisions.


Survey/assessment/project management team deployments

These teams provided T&D technical conciliation, project management and damage survey support in conjunction with PREPA and FEMA.

Wave 1 – Four employees, Nov. 7 – Dec. 8

Wave 2 – Four employees, Dec. 8 – Jan. 8

Total days worked – 62

Total hours worked – 7,936


Restoration crew deployments

Wave 1 – 41 employees, Nov. 28 – Jan. 8 (six weeks)

Wave 2 – 41 employees, Jan. 8 – Feb. 5 (four weeks)

Wave 3 – 41 employees, Feb. 5 – March 9 (four and one half weeks)

Wave 4 – 27 employees, Mar. 9 – Apr. 9

Total days worked – 72

Total hours worked – 79,648

Total employees dispatched: 158

Total duration of engagement (through April 9): 153 days

Total employee hours worked: 87,584*

*Figure based on 158 employees working 16-hour days, seven days per week per the referenced deployments over 153 days. Number includes the deployment of a fourth wave through April 9. Does not include the 14 Asplundh Construction FTEs working in Puerto Rico on National Grid’s behalf.

Days off per wave: Zero

Total number of days away from family (Nov. 7 – April 9): 153


Holidays missed:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day


Approximate number of miles traveled per employee: 3,600

Number of National Grid trucks transported by barge to Puerto Rico: 29 

National Grid materials airlifted to Puerto Rico: Cross arms, wire, insulators, connectors and various hardware

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