Trucking Group Advises Caution Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, American Trucking Associations urged truck drivers, as well as the motoring public to take appropriate precautions and, if possible, avoid areas that may be susceptible to the storm’s impact.

“As we all continue to track and monitor Hurricane Matthew, we encourage drivers – commercial and commuter alike – to make good travel decisions,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “There is no delivery or trip that is worth putting yourself or others in harm’s way.”

Spear also encouraged companies and individuals in the storm’s potential path to follow the instructions of emergency management officials.

“If you’re advised to evacuate, do so early and in an orderly fashion,” Spear said. “These orders are not given lightly and can make all the difference, so for your safety and the safety of your employees and families, please follow the advice and orders of your state and local officials.”

After the storm, Spear added, the trucking industry will be quick to respond to meet the needs of the communities affected by Matthew.

“Every day, trucks deliver essentials like water, food and fuel to communities across the country, and once this storm passes, trucks delivering these critical goods will be on the move, delivering them to people who need them most,” he said.

For more information, ATA encourages people to visit Ready.gov or American Red Cross. Carriers interested in assisting in post-incident relief efforts should go to the American Logistics Aid Network or contact ATA at www.trucking.org.