Last updated August 31, 2023 at 9:38 a.m. (ET)
NACD is providing the following information to inform chemical distributors about the impacts of storms this hurricane season and offer resources for emergency preparedness and response.
Below are resources distributors can use to ensure the safety and security of their products and their employees.
Resources to Prepare for Hurricane Idalia
North and South Carolina Declare States of Emergency
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 284 on August 28. The Order directs North Carolina Department of Transportation to waive the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by DPS pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-381 for (1) persons transporting essential fuels, food, water, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, feed for livestock and poultry, (2) persons transporting livestock, poultry, and crops ready to be harvested and (3) vehicles used in the restoration of utility and transportation services. The full declaration can be found here.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2023-29 on August 29 tasked the state Department of Transportation and state Department of Public Safety to suspend enforcement of commercial vehicle rules relating to vehicle permitting, length, width, weight, load, and hours of service if providing direct assistance to the storm. Additional restrictions apply, and the measure is not applicable to the interstate highway system. Executive Order 2023-29 expires fifteen days from issue unless further amended by executive order. The full declaration can be found here.
Georgia Issues Emergency Declaration for Hurricane Idalia, Issues Relief for Hours of Service, Sizes, and Weights
On August 29, Georgia Governor Kemp issued Executive Orders 08.29.23.01 and 08.29.23.02 in response to Hurricane Idalia. Executive Order 08.29.23.01 suspends the state’s hours of service regulations to help promote the flow of commodities to respond to the storm, with petroleum products being specifically cited. This relief expires in 30 days or until the emergency ceases, whichever occurs first. Executive Order 08.29.23.02 provides size and weight increases for CMVs providing Hurricane Idalia response support when issued an emergency permit by the Georgia Dept. of Public Safety. Size and weight increases apply only to CMVs that are providing relief efforts in response to Hurricane Idalia and on roadways maintained by the State of Georgia, excluding interstates. Both Executive Orders can be read in their entirety by clicking here. Additional restrictions apply.
Florida Declares State of Emergency, Issues Trucking Waivers
On August 26, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida issued Executive Order 23-171 due to a tropical depression expected to hit Florida’s coast on Tuesday. The order was issued to ensure that the Florida Division of Emergency Management can begin staging resources and Floridians have plenty of time to prepare their families for a storm. Click here for more details.
CISA Resource: Tropical Storm Idalia
Access Coordination Request Letter