“Mother Nature is going to do what Mother Nature wants to do,” said Jim Ricci, Vitro business development manager, US ARG, of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, TX, area, on Feb. 23 as he recalled the previous week’s snowstorm. “Until it happens you can’t anticipate how you’re going to react to the situation. None of us lost communication with each other and that was good."
“The initial thought for everyone started out as ‘it doesn’t snow in South Texas, how cool would it be to get a little bit,'" said Dave Duensing, president of Texan Glass & Solar Control in The Woodlands, TX. "Then it went to these temps are going to be brutal. When we woke up and saw what we got was when it started moving more to survival mode and realizing this is going to be a bad week.”
According to Ricci, when the power grid went down, the company was unable to open its warehouse doors, and once power was restored in the warehouse, the roads were still icy. The company then opened for customers to pick up products, as Vitro “didn’t feel confident putting its drivers out at that moment.”
Duensing said a post-Hurricane Harvey feeling came back when pipes started breaking and people started seeing their neighbors having leaks and broken pipes.
“Then the stores started running out of food and water and the gas stations ran out of gas, we had that post-Harvey feeling all over again.”
Both Ricci and Duensing said they, along with their employees, remained safe during the storm and are OK. Ricci said most of his staff didn’t...