FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration on Hurricane Michael

USDOT’s response to Hurricane Florence is the Routing Assistance Hotline, established on Sept. 13, 2018, to provide 24/7 routing assistance for first responders, emergency relief workers and transporters of relief supplies.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an immediate 30-day Regional Emergency Declaration in response to the arrival of Hurricane Michael.

The declaration issued Tuesday provides emergency relief for the transport of supplies, equipment, fuel and people. The Oct. 9 declaration covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

FMCSA said he action is “needed to address anticipated emergency conditions in the affected states and jurisdictions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief.”

The Emergency Declaration “provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the affected states and jurisdictions or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency in the affected states and jurisdictions from Hurricane Michael. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.”