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HURRICANE FLORENCE: United States Cold Storage Preparations

September 17, 2018– United States Cold Storage (USCS) continues preparations to ensure all people and products are safe in response to Hurricane Florence. USCS’ facilities in Lumberton and Warsaw are safe, secure and are successfully operating on backup power generation. Both facilities are unharmed and did not incur any damage.

We are grateful to the local Warsaw fire department who has been responsive and attentive providing our Warsaw facility with reliable and consistent water supply to the facility. Our number one priority is the safety of our employees. Due to localized flooding, we requested Warsaw employees remain offsite until this Wednesday, September 19th, at which time we will be fully operational. Lumberton will have limited service on Wednesday, September 19th.

We will continue to provide an update on our facilities as information becomes available. If you have questions about the status of our facilities, please reach out to your customer service representative.

September 12, 2018– United States Cold Storage (USCS) continues to track the path and impact of Hurricane Florence in the coming days.  The impact of the storm has affected shipments into North and South Carolina.  Due to the projected timing and effect of the storm, USCS will not be loading and shipping any loads through our COLDshare consolidation (CSC) program into eastern North Carolina and South Carolina the remainder of this week.  This will impact loads that would normally deliver Thursday, September 13 through Tuesday, September 18th.

USCS will further evaluate the impact of the storm on Monday, September 17th to determine when shipments will resume into the Carolina’s.  Depending on the path and severity of the Hurricane and potential flooding, service may also be impacted outside of North and South Carolina.

If you have questions about a specific shipment, please reach out to your customer service representative.

September 11, 2018– USCS is currently preparing for Hurricane Florence. Our facilities in North Carolina have activated their hurricane preparedness plans. In addition to ensuring that our employees and their families are safe and adequately prepared, USCS is taking the following operational precautions to protect our customer’s products:

  • Obtaining generators.
  • Securing fuel service including ongoing stocking as needed.
  • Lowering warehouse temperatures.
  • Safeguarding the warehouse access.
  • Preparing the refrigeration system to reduce potential storm impact.

Operations at each facility have been or may be adjusted based on the forecast path of the hurricane. All customers and tenants have been or will be notified of any operational changes. If telephone service is disrupted for an extended period calls for the North Carolina facilities will automatically be directed to the USCS Head office in Camden, NJ.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Lisa Battino