As an employee of InnerWorkings, a business process outsourcing company, I worked with Steve and Haig Graphic Communications for over 21 straight days after Hurricane Sandy to get customers of National Grid and LIPA critical informational materials throughout Long Island and Staten Island. Haig printed over 100,000 pieces of numerous materials overnight for early morning distribution to disaster centers throughout the National Grind and LIPA service area, including 16 page, 5-color saddle-stitched booklets. Steve, and Haig were most accommodating and good natured with constantly changing prepress files, press runs and distribution instructions.
Much of the area didn’t have power and many of Haig’s employees homes were without electricity or had suffered damage from the storm. They came to work. There was a gas shortage and Steve had gas siphoned out of his car into employee cars so they could get back and forth.
From where I was in Boston everything at the time seemed like business as usual at Haig, and everybody was just dong their jobs. But in hindsight, it’s truly amazing how much printing was produced in extremely tight deadlines, and it all ran smoothly. Especially considering it was in the middle of a disaster area.