We are about halfway through hurricane season, and we have another one. This time it is Hurricane Ida, and it is hitting states along the Gulf of Mexico. States and agencies are weighing in.
Here are the various emergency declarations and what they entail.
Southern and Western FMCSA Centers
This is the most typical emergency declaration. It involves the suspension of hours-of-service for good and passenger haulers, provided that they follow the other rules of the road. You can read the declaration in full on the relevant FMCSA webpage. Applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
Beyond the regional declaration above, also prohibits price gouging and suspends COVID-19 restrictions that would get in the way of recovery. For example, being unable to save someone trapped under debris due to social distancing. The entire declaration can be read on the webpage.
Price gouging is prohibited, and Section 4 states “All departments, commissions, boards, agencies and officers of the State, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in actions the State may take in response to the effects of this severe weather event.” While the state declaration does not mention hours-of-service, its suspension is implied by the FMCSA’s own declaration. Click the link to read the declaration.
The shortest declaration, it essentially states “all agencies of the State of Mississippi shall discharge their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary as set forth in the State of Mississippi’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.” The FMCSA has a webpage on the Mississippi declaration as well.
Stay safe if you are in a location that Hurricane Ida directly impacts. A short message for the conclusion, but also straight to the point.
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