Hurricane Sandy has caused widespread damage, power outages and fuel shortages in the greater New York area. There have been reports from bakers and customers that this is causing enormous challenges in getting product to the impacted areas.

The availability of gas for route trucks is a particularly acute challenge. Baking is considered a high priority for fuel allocation. To assist bakers in recovery efforts and access to fuel route trucks, the American Bakers Association, Washington, D.C., is proving contacting information by email. In New Jersey, daily 10 a.m. briefings for private-sector responders is at 866-475-6546. For the New Jersey private-sector help desk, contact Steve Gutkin at In New York City, contact the NYC private-sector assistance liaison, Ira Tannenbaum, at and mat 718-422-8916.

The ABA also says it is reaching out to its members affected by Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst storms in our country's history. ABA is offering to assist members with facilities in those areas. If you were affected, or know of an ABA member requiring assistance, please contact the ABA office at 202-789-0300.