It looks like New Jersey isn’t taking any chances when it comes to preparing the state for emergencies.
The state announced today that they spent $870,000 on three feeding trucks than can feed up to 2,500 people per hour in the event of an emergency. The purchase comes one year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the coastal communities of New Jersey.
The trucks are 40 feet long and 13 feet wide. They were built by Custom Mobile Food Equipment of Hammonton, and are believed to be the first of their kind in the country.
“In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, volunteer organizations provided over 4.5 million meals in the impacted counties,” said Department of Homeland Security State Commissioner Jennifer Velez in a press release. “The ability to quickly prepare food for individuals during an emergency is critical, and these unique vehicles will enhance the state’s response.”
The trucks come equipped with two large diesel generators and two propane tanks, eliminating the need for electricity to run. Each truck contains two large refrigerators, three built-in freezers, two 30 gallon tilting skillets, four sinks, a bathroom, and on board waste and water holding tanks.