Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 25: Power lines and trees are seen knocked over by the winds of Hurricane Maria as it passed through the area on September 25, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Times & Trends: The Power to Help

The hurricanes that assaulted Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands were a reminder of the power that nature can have over us — and the critical role the electrical industry plays in disaster recovery efforts.

Thousands of employees from electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers, independent manufacturers’ reps, electrical contractors and utility linemen left their homes and families to help others recover from the three hurricanes that recently caused so much devastation.

They were on the front line of the restoration efforts, handling the local logistics of getting products into flooded areas and getting power restored as fast as possible. The enormous scale of the storm dam

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