The term disaster hauling is used to denote transporting FEMA loads after a catastrophic event. It can encompass the transport of a wide variety of items ranging from heavy equipment to clear areas of debris, modular units for temporary housing, generators to supply power, and other types of relief supplies.
The most often encountered disaster in Florida is a hurricane. The hurricane season typically runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Scientists believe that global warming may extend that season and storms may become more severe. Any company planning on participating in disaster hauling should be aware of several things.
Heavy haulers are essential during disaster recovery, but FEMA isn’t known for being a quick payer. It can place a strain on cash flow and there are often delays in payment. Disaster hauling will typically be contracted through a broker. In the chaos following a disaster, combined with the sheer number of loads going in, there will be delays in payments.
Keep a Record for Disaster Hauling
Maintaining clear and comprehensive records is essential in the trucking industry. Nowhere is that more important than during disaster hauling. Get a copy of all agreements in writing and keep them on hand to ensure there’s no misunderstanding, nothing slips through the cracks, and correct compensation is collected. Haulers will be able to charge more for FEMA loads and individuals shouldn’t undersell their time.
Keep detailed records of wait times, along with mileage in and out. Be sure to include detention and layover pay in any agreement since there could be significant wait times to get unloaded. Be aware that detention pay is one of the most often disputed by FEMA. Always review every contract carefully to ensure standard terms and information is included.
A heavy hauler working on disaster relief will need to be ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Time is of the essence for people without power and basic necessities. Prepare the truck or trailer in advance and try to carry supplies to make minor repairs for any contingency.
Haulers may encounter numerous challenges such as road damage and closed truck stops that will limit the availability to obtain fuel. It can also limit the availability of meals and grocery stores may be shut down.
Always carry some snacks that won’t spoil, water, and fill the tank just before heading into the disaster area. Cell service will probably be spotty at best. There will be flooding. Don’t drive into high water – stay safe. Above all, exercise patience when working disaster hauls.
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