by Kim Bhasin
Lingerie to the rescue!
Noah Shachtman at Wired has a fantastic story about what happened to the New York Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment during Hurricane Sandy on Monday night.
They were left without power, hot water and most means of communication when the storm hit.
And then they were saved – by Victoria’s Secret.
“We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up,” Capt. Brendan Gendron, the Regiment’s operations officer, tells Wired.
You see, they asked for help from the producers of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which is held annually at the Regiment’s armory on 25th St. and Lexington Ave. in Manhattan.
Fortunately, Victoria’s Secret had brought in eight huge generators for the show. By 7 PM Tuesday night, the armory was fully powered.
It’s not just the power Victoria’s Secret helped out with. The crew had previously set up an internet line on a microwave dish on the roof, and put routers in the Regiment’s command center to help with communications. Plus they offered up a forklift – which the Regiment didn’t have – to help out with the food distribution effort.