Hurricane Harvey was felt around the country. As the 4th most populated city in the United States, it seems everyone knows someone affected by the storm and flooding in Houston. Now Florida is cleaning up after its own impact from Hurricane Irma and wildfires continue to rage through the northwest. In times of disaster, the country depends on the trucking industry more than ever. Charities donate water, medicine, and basic supplies, but truckers are the ones who help deliver those donations to the people in need.
However, making those deliveries is not always easy. Fires, flooded roads, and downed bridges can make it difficult to reach drop-off points. In the case of southern Texas, several shippers and receivers flooded, making it necessary to find other options outside of flood zones. FTR predicted 7% of the trucking industry was affected by Hurricane Harvey over the weeks that followed its landfall. With Hurricane Irma and the Northwest fires threatening populated areas, things may not get better any time soon. It is not possible for every truck driver to deliver supplies to disaster areas, but there are other ways to help.
What can we do to help?
As natural disasters batter the country, the trucking industry will continue giving its support. This is why “Trucking is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people.” They find a way to get you what you need.
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