Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Truckers Are Crucial For Providing Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

Truckers HOS suspended
Harvey just made a huge splash in Texas and before the relief effort could even finish Irma the category 4 hurricane slammed Florida. The entire state was covered by the massive wind and rain storm.

Just like truckers did their part to help with Harvey you can get in your rig and head down to the sunshine state to help out. Just remember to be prepared in case of emergencies and to get enough rest in order to safely contribute. Here’s what you can expect if you pitch in with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Efforts

As Irma arrived the Department of Transportation issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for 7 states, including Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and of course, Florida.

As a result of the declaration HOS or hours of service regulations were suspended for drivers and carriers in those states providing direct assistance to the impacted areas. Now because those helping with relief efforts can drive past the normal HOS regulations we urge you to not go past your limits. Take the time to rest if you need to, driving tired is incredibly dangerous because it’s the equivalent to driving drunk.

Even though loads for the relief effort may be offering extra rates per mile, keep in mind that helping out may not be easy. You will be entering a disaster area after all. Before heading down to Florida be sure to have a few emergency items packed in your cab.

You should take some extra clothes because you may not have an area to shower or do laundry for a few days You should also take a flashlight, batteries, power inverter, hand crank radio, utility knife, and a first aid kit. You never know when these items could come in handy and they are actually beneficial to carry in your rig at all times.

Truckers helping with hurricane irma
Hurricanes make areas flood, causing them to be extremely wet, so make sure you take water proof items with you. You’ll want to be totally protected from flood water as it’s generally contaminated with chemicals and feces, so bring your water bib if you have one.

If your route is flooded don’t push your truck’s limits. You don’t want to get stuck in the water or swept away. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

Be prepared to wait. When you get to a disaster zone the people there may not be able to tell you where to go or give you further instructions for hours. As you wait you might get hungry but there might not be a place for you to grab some food, so be sure to pack non-perishable food for your trip, along with some bottles of water.

You may want to bring extra food and water in order to give out to those in need if you happen to rescue someone. If you have any coffee or soda that you can’t live without take some of it with you too.

It’s a good idea to carry some extra fuel with you and to top off where you can. The evacuation caused many fuel shortages all around the state, and some places might not have been able to refuel yet.

When you stop to rest try to find a safe well lit area. Even though police are stopping looters they may not be able to catch everyone and the last thing you will want is to be bothered by someone trying to take your stuff.

Are You Helping With Hurricane Irma Relief?

If you’re heading to Florida to deliver emergency items to those in need and to provide aid, thank you for your hard work. Just remember to stay safe and don’t go past your limits. If you aren’t driving to provide assistance you can donate to the cause here.

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