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Posted by Melissa Hines on Jul 27, 2016 1:19:02 PM

When a major storm hits, the first priority is to get the power back on. After Hurricane Sandy blasted the Northeast, millions of people faced flooded homes and widespread power failures. In 2011, the median amount of damage caused by an Atlantic hurricane was $1.8 billion. When it comes to mediating storm damage, time is money.

During hurricane season, response time is vital for utilities faced with the worst Mother Nature has to offer. No one wants to be without power any longer than necessary, and in the case of emergency response services, it can be a matter of life and death.

In recent years, utility companies have become experts at responding to major storms and hurricanes by marshaling resources to quickly restore service. A successful storm response is the result of coordinated efforts with local governments to develop storm readiness plans. In the rush to mitigate storm damage and significantly reduce the length of power outages, the parts supplier is an important partner in the process that is often overlooked.

DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions knows how crucial it is for utilities to be able to recover quickly after a storm. After all, the public safety infrastructure is built on the premise that power and communications will always be there. That’s why DIS-TRAN maintains a sizable raw materials inventory of wood and composite crossarms at our Vancouver, WA and Pineville, LA locations. DIS-TRAN can treat and ship materials to order within 24 hours, with onsite wood treating and manufacturing capabilities. Vertical integration allows the company to have total control over its manufacturing and treating processes, which ensures quick turn around and on-time delivery.


After more than a half century in the business, there's no storm that can faze us. Our employees know the part they play in the storm recovery process and are more than willing to put in the necessary time to ensure blazing fast delivery of quality products. With a location in the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast region, the DIS-TRAN team has had to deal with storm impact on the business and on their personal lives and property all while maintaining production and shipping. The DIS-TRAN team is available 24/7 and monitors severe weather events to anticipate the need for emergency response. Our dual locations allow us to ship from whichever location is most appropriate and available to ensure deliveries are made.

At DIS-TRAN, we do more than make crossarms. We enable the safety and livelihood of millions of people whenever a storm strikes. Our desire is to take care of our customers so you can take care of your customers. You can't stop a hurricane or a tropical storm, but you can prepare for them. Partner with the one utility supplier who fully understands the need for exceptional customer service, and has decades of experience in mitigating storm damage. Take a look inside our facilities in our storm response video and make sure to visit our website for helpful resources and information on our full product line.

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Storm Response:Take a Look Inside DIS-TRAN Wood's Facility

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jul 11, 2013 2:17:00 PM
With hurricane season approaching, see how DIS-TRAN Wood Products gears up for storm response. 

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Quick Tips for How Utilities Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted by Brooke Barone on Apr 19, 2013 9:32:00 AM

It’s almost getting to be that time of year again-when warm, moist air from the ocean’s surface rises, forming an area of lower pressure that begins swirling due to converging with equatorial winds.  On a small scale you develop a thunderstorm, on a large scale you may form hurricanes.

According to a USA Today article, weather forecasts have predicated this hurricane season to be “above-average,” with 18 tropical storms- nine of those being hurricanes. As nerve wrecking as this sounds, for utilities, it only takes that one bad storm to cause chaos.

While it’s important for residents to have a storm preparation list, it’s paramount for utilities to have a game plan in place ahead of time for all possible scenarios. 

As a thunderstorm builds into a hurricane, it goes through three stages:

1.) Tropical Depression- wind speed less than 38 miles per hour

2.) Tropical Storm- wind speeds at 39-73 miles per hour

3.) Hurricane- wind speeds greater than 74 miles per hour

Right now you could say it’s the “calm before the storm.” The pleasant spring weather is here, the sun is shining and flowers are blossoming. But this is the time when utilities should ready themselves for what potentially lies ahead. Having a Before the Storm, During the Storm and After the Storm Plan could make a significant difference in the outcome.

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One of the struggles utilities face during storm preparation and response is securing the correct amount of materials needed without overbuying while in panic mode. By establishing relationships with key vendors who can help the situation, assures they will have plenty of material in inventory to serve them in an emergency situation, allowing the Utility to procure only items required as they determine their needs.

Utilities face even more pressure from their customers and politicians to get electrical service back on line in the quickest amount of time. By having a Critical Needs List including items such as poles, crossarms, hardware, insulators, conductor, squeeze-ons, splices and transformers, helps to ensure a smooth and timely recovery.

It’s a good idea for utilities to also implement a trigger mechanism based on the path and strength of the storm so they’ll know when to act, which can eliminate potential costly delays for recovery. Utilities can also be better prepared by standardizing their products as much as possible, and by approving alternate ahead of time so that they don’t lose valuable time once they are engaged.

Ensuring safety is the number one priority.  It’s important that all personnel remain out of harm’s way during the worst moments, and that all safety procedures are followed during the reconstruction process.

Next, utilities need to ensure that strong lines of communication are established between local emergency services and authorities, utility users and their vendors. One critical tactic that utilities should implement is to have a storm response team with members designated to handle each of the key responsibilities. The qualified person should have experience, product knowledge and have established relationships with key contacts or component vendors long before the potential event. 

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