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VINELAND, N.J. -- Riggins Oil Inc. today released internal data on its response efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The family-owned and -operated company saw minimal damage to its core operations and was able to continuously access supplies of gasoline, diesel, and heating oil due to its distribution network, which has access to ports in Delaware, Philadelphia, and New York.
Riggins distributed more than seven million gallons of fuel throughout the region during the two weeks following the storm. Its top priority was to provide fuel to critical infrastructure providing basic services like water and sewer, as well as essential elements of the emergency response effort, including generators at fire and police stations, hospitals, communications towers and more, said Strategy Director Matt Riggins.
The company supplied more than one million gallons of fuel to 680 critical government entities across the affected regions and delivered more than 5.5 million gallons of fuel to 1,300 gasoline service stations, according to the report.
CEO Paul Riggins also praised the efforts of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's administration during the post-Sandy recovery.
"Gov. Christie's team worked night and day with Riggins to get the gasoline and emergency generator fuel to the places that needed it most," Riggins stated. "His administration's work to clear bureaucratic hurdles and quickly implement common sense solutions helped limit the damage and speed the recovery. Given the magnitude of the storm and the impact on the industry's infrastructure, it could have been a whole lot worse were it not for Gov. Christie's leadership."
Riggins noted that the company saw a 75 percent increase in call volume during the two weeks after the storm.
Southern New Jersey-based Riggins Oil has more than 30 Riggins gas stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and offers wholesale and retail delivery of gasoline, heating oil, diesel, and more throughout the region.