Safavieh shelters FEMA-deployed work crews
HTT Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 11/26/2012 12:24:03 PM
Port Washington, N.Y. - Safavieh has been recognized by the mayor of Port Washington North in Long Island's Nassau County for converting a section of its office space at the company's 200,000-foot warehouse facility here into temporary housing for out-of-town workers bringing aid during the initial aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the work crews hailled from Oklahoma and from Aerial Contractors of British Columbia, an electric utility power line contractor that sent bucket trucks and digger derrick units along with service mechanics to support the restoration efforts in progress on Long Island and in New Jersey. They were responding to a call from FEMA, under the mutual aid agreement for electric utilities between the U.S. and Canada.
Arash Yaraghi, principal of Safavieh was contacted by Mayor Robert Weitzner with an urgent request for help in accommodating two crews of workers who would otherwise be housed in a makeshift tent city in a local park.
"The FEMA workers who came to Port Washington had to sleep outside in tents in cold weather with no heat and insufficient toilet facilities," Yaraghi explained. "When the mayor called to ask if we could house 16 in our building at 2 Channel Drive, I offered a part of our office space with restrooms, and my brother Michael, who runs our Safavieh Home Furnishings retail stores, provided beds, mattresses and pillows."
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