SACRAMENTO, CA - Trucks and trains are packed up for 150 PG&E workers traveling 3,000 miles across the country to New York City to help restore power to millions of families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"There's a lot of devastation there and a lot of work that needs to be done," PG&E employee John Brogden said.
While some employees will travel by plane, Brogden will drive 41 hours in his truck. He has traveled to other cities affected by weather emergencies in the past and is ready to help out again.
"It makes you appreciate what you have and what other people are going through at this point in time, it's very humbling," Brogden said.
It could take up to a month to restore power for millions affected by massive outages; that's how long PG&E estimates this mission will take.
"We're going to go after major facilities first, like hospitals," PG&E's Jim Powell explained. "We're working with their local people to figure out what needs to be done first."
Along with the trucks and supplies, PG&E will set up a mobile command center to communicate with Con Edison in New York City to make sure everyone stays on the same page.
"That's our incident command center," Powell said. "Basically on wheels, it will house people and have estimators on board."
Their job in New York City will be done when they bring light to people in the dark.
"When you bring their power back on, there's a lot of pride in that," PG&E employee Jimmy Rogers said. "We all enjoy seeing their faces when they finally get their power back on."