Three keys to disaster management

The old saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In emergency construction services and disaster management, the same can certainly be said. This short blog post will help make sure you have a strong support system in place with your distribution center construction company no matter how high the snow piles up.

Distribution center disaster management on a cold December day

A few years back, just before Christmas, our emergency construction services team was contacted for disaster management work stemming from record snowfall in North Reading, Massachusetts. The city had gotten a major mid-winter dumping, 14” of which piled up on the roof of a USPS Processing & Distribution Center we were putting the final touches on.

With the weight on the roof accumulating with every passing hour, the facility manager had no time to see if an end was in sight. So they called The Korte Company and we quickly activated our emergency construction services team, putting a half dozen of our employees on the first plane to the Bay State.

Our team arrived and found that neither a snowplow nor any other form of mass removal was off the table, as it simply wasn’t safe towards the roof’s edges. So we grabbed our shovels and dug in. In nothing more than a few hours of work, we cleared the burden on the roof, not to mention the one on our client’s shoulders. We got back on a plane and were back in St. Louis in time for our favorite Holiday traditions.

Disaster management planning

Whether you hire us for your emergency construction needs, or someone else, here are three characteristics you’ll want to make sure your emergency construction services provider has.


Disasters are almost always unplanned events. So it’s very important to make sure your construction company can think on their (steel) toes. There’s no time for planning. No time for thinking. Action is often quarterbacked upon arrival to the site. Make sure you trust your emergency construction services provider to make the right call at a moment’s notice.


Disasters happen on no one’s schedule but their own. So if your construction company isn’t available all hours of the day, we suggest you shop for a new one. Trust us – you’ll want something other than an answering machine when you have to pick up the phone at 2:30 in the morning for emergency construction services.


Not in a Sunday sense, but in the sense that they have a thorough respect for the job at hand and are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure it’s done right. We’ve always said, “The job is the boss.” No where is this more true than in disaster management and emergency construction services.

Bookmark for future reference

Below, find a link that will help you connect with our emergency construction team. Bookmark it for a rainy day. Or better, yet, a snowy one.

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