August 06, 2018

Tornado Relief in Watford City

MBI team steps up to aid in tornado relief and recovery efforts

It is important to us to be good neighbors in the communities where we live and work.  From how we conduct ourselves behind the wheel, to rolling up our sleeves and helping in times of need; from taking part in community events, to supporting those activities and organizations that promote a high quality of life for our employees and their families, we make every effort to be a respected and responsible company.   On July 10th, several of our friends and neighbors in Watford City found themselves in a time of great need.  In the early hours of the morning, a tornado destroyed more than 100 RVs and trailers at the Prairie View RV Park, and caused the death of a one-week-old baby.  The devastating EF-2 tornado left 28 people injured and approximately 200 people displaced and grappling with the loss of most of their belongings. Learning that so many of our friends and neighbors were impacted by the devastating tornado gave us all reason to pause...and then the actions of a whole community gave us reason to rejoice.

Upon hearing about the devastation, MBI President/COO, Craig Halsey put MBI’s support behind the relief efforts.  Rigs Operations Manager, John Thiers’ team took 100 breakfast burritos and bottled water to the relief center first thing and offered our help when needed.  Director of Communication, Marya Skaare delivered a truckload of MBI water and blankets to the relief center by mid-morning and found herself alongside local emergency management at the storm site, helping a gentleman named Danny Higgins sort through what was left of his belongings to find his personal identification and other meaningful personal effects.  Upon returning to the relief center, Skaare helped local volunteers to coordinate the logistics and equipment needed for clean-up to begin the next day.  VP of HSE, Jeremy Olson worked closely with emergency managers, our team from the Workover Division, and our peers in the industry to lead the clean-up effort, providing MBI equipment and manpower to support the effort wherever needed.  Olson not only brought his safety expertise to the effort to see that the clean-up was completed safely and efficiently; but as a Watford City native, he also brought his true care and concern for the community. “This is our community.  It may be a boomtown, but it’s the small town that I grew up in, where neighbors still come together to help in times like this.  I was here during the tornado in 2014 and this was much worse.”

It was an honor to work alongside the many men and women dedicated to the clean-up in Watford City and restoration of hope in those who were impacted by the storm; and to see the outpouring of kindness and financial support for the impacted individuals and families.  In the days that followed, nearly $100K had been raised in addition to the abundance of in-kind donations of food, supplies, time and equipment.  At the same time, we were humbled by the impressive showing of support by our friends in the industry and community; and the many words of thanks we received. 

Marya Skaare

Director of Communication

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