Monday, August 30, 2021

Trucking industry on stand-by for Hurricane Ida relief efforts

Ida has weakened after coming ashore over the weekend but the dangerous storm continues to threaten Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of South Alabama with lost power and heavy rain flooded low-lying regions.

To assist with the relief efforts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, TENNESSE and TEXAS, which grants temporary relief of certain regulations for drivers and carriers providing “direct emergency” response with the transport supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons. Read the waiver here:

Meanwhile, the Alabama Trucking Association and other state trucking associations, have joined the American Trucking Associations to facilitate relief efforts for Hurricane Ida victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. National ATA’s Trucking Cares Foundation is coordinating relief efforts either through cash donations, supplies or donated transportation.

Working with the Louisiana Motor Transport Association and the Mississippi Trucking Association, the industry is ready to send trucks with supplies as soon as clearance is received. We are also working with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) to coordinate transportation. Financial contributions can be made through Trucking Moves America Forward at

This is a rapidly evolving situation and there will be many updates coming in the next few days.  In the meantime, should you wish to donate goods or services, please contact ATA Vice President of Safety & Compliance Tim Frazier at 334-834-3983.