As hurricane season approaches, it’s important to recognize the impact it can have on nationwide freight transportation. Therefore, strategies need to be implemented before, during, and after hurricanes to minimize disruptions within the trucking industry.
Impacts Caused by Hurricanes
Traffic Jams and Delays
As a storm approaches, a rush to evacuate occurs, leading to inevitable traffic jams and delays for shipments. Additionally, higher prices may be required to incentivize drivers to operate in storm-affected regions.
After a storm, damaged roads might be closed, causing delays and making some areas inaccessible. Reopened roads might not provide full access, especially for large equipment. Limited capacity could lead to higher prices, compensating carriers and drivers for the extra time needed to navigate the area.
Transportation Safety Tips
Move Freight Out of Affected Areas
If possible, move freight to offsite warehouses or facilities in less-impacted regions. This proactive approach ensures stock availability, reduces rush-related disruptions, and helps during post-storm supply chain interruptions.
Check Insurance Coverage
While carriers hold insurance, it might not cover extraordinary events like hurricanes. Investigate supplemental insurance to safeguard against potential economic losses.
Strong winds can lead to trucks or refrigerated trailers flipping over. As carriers, it’s essential to properly secure trailers before the storm hits. Parking recommendations include:
This will shield trailers from wind and rain.
Whenever possible, park trailers in elevated areas, away from flood-prone zones, to minimize damage.
Follow authorities’ advice and park semi-trailers in recognized safe areas. Local governments and emergency management agencies usually provide guidance on evacuation and secure zones.
While valleys, foothills, and structures indeed provide reduced exposure to strong winds, it’s important to note that hurricanes often bring heavy rainfall, which can trigger natural disasters like mudslides. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider these factors prudently.
Steer clear of areas with high-risk elements like trees and power poles, reducing the risk of falling objects.
Regions near the coastline are more susceptible to storm surges and seawater impact.
If you’re on the road as a storm approaches, stay vigilant by closely monitoring news and weather alerts. Hurricanes can rapidly change direction. Staying informed about the latest developments makes planning and preparation easier.
Mind Water Levels
Stagnant water can pose significant risks. Never assume that its appearance correlates with its depth. During transportation, avoid high water levels and maintain awareness of potential dangers ahead. If unsure, pull over and wait for the storm to pass.