Alaska Delivery: Full Circle Members Brave the Storm
This post written by Joie Moring – Alaska Communications Coordinator
It’s well known that Alaskans are tough. Hearty souls all over the state have been digging themselves out of house-sized heaps of snow and ice since November. Doug Andrews, Full Circle’s Anchorage Warehouse Manager, is one of the many tough Alaskans. He and his small but strong crew have been working through conditions that only a polar bear can appreciate to get deliveries to customers in the most remote locations. photo above | Plowing the driveway | by Tom Rainey of Hatcher Pass
From Anchorage to Nome, to Fairbanks and over to the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska has been making headlines with its bitter cold and recent record-breaking snowfall. It has always just been a part of life for our northern neighbors to endure snow, ice, and sub-zero temps that would make most Pacific Northwest cities grind to a halt, but this year was a bit different. image left | -51 degrees in Fairbanks! | by Stephanie Ranft
According to meteorologists, Anchorage is on track to have the snowiest winter ever, with about 82 inches measured from July 1—and more predicted to take them beyond the previous record of 132.8 inches in 1954-55. 150 miles to the southeast of Anchorage, measurements are well beyond 180 inches and counting. City officials have brought in the National Guard to help, as well as provide warnings for folks to clear their rooftops to avoid damage or collapse and to stay clear of snowy eaves to avoid the possibility of being buried under a slide!
When we hear that schools are still open in many areas, see their roads and walkways carved through 10-foot or higher drifts, or watch video of them digging out around their homes just to find their cars—reputations for Alaskan tenacity come through loud and clear. Here in Seattle, we seriously get it—knowing how little snow it takes to put a major delay in our day to day lives. photo above | Juneau’s Thane Road cleared after huge avalanche | by Lynn Armstrong
Alaskans do persevere in extreme conditions. And so do businesses. With everything slowed to a literal freeze, getting fresh produce up to our members is a feat in and of itself. Add to the difficulty of ground operations the threat to safe air travel due to a very active Alaskan volcano and the challenges to keep businesses humming increase in magnitude. But Full Circle was invited to Alaska at the behest of health conscious citizens and we do everything we can to get our produce up to our members who depend on our deliveries.
Austin M. posted “Thanks for getting this week’s produce delivery to our door in time for Snowmageddon 2012!” While Erp Thompson wrote, “Southeast is relatively mild, comparatively speaking…BTW, thank you for all that you do!” and Dale Lewis of Kodiak sent our customer service this message, “…You guys are amazing and provide a truly awesome service that enriches our lives here in Kodiak. Thank you… — Very Happy Customer.”
It’s comments like these that keep us growing and delivering to the remote areas of Alaska—and beyond.
Thank you to all of our Facebook fans who posted and shared their photos with us.