PORT JERVIS - Hurricane Katrina was the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit the United States. In an effort to assist the victims of the disaster, Eastern Propane requested information from various agencies to determine the best possible assistance they could offer to the relief effort. They determined that the most essential and crucial need was the restoration of electricity. In response to this need, Eastern Propane immediately initiated an effort to supply three standby emergency generators for a temporary community being established for the disaster victims in the Louisiana shipyards. In partnership with Duffy Brennan of Weichert Realtors, the Bollinger Shipyard Company in Lockport, Louisiana, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), arrangements were made for Eastern Propane’s donation of a 20 KW and two 10 KW generator units to be shipped to the gulf coast. Wendi Nicholson, Vice President of Eastern Propane, stated, “Because of my heartfelt compassion for the people of the Gulf Coast, I was compelled to find a way to offer assistance. The need for electricity was found to be the highest priority and I hope our donation will help in some small way to assist the recovery effort.” Family-owned and operated since 1938, Eastern Propane serves the propane needs of 15,000 customers throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, Northwestern New Jersey, and Southern New York.