The 2017 hurricane season was an active one—and not in a good way. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate all brought massive devastation and destruction. Areas such as Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and more, all saw what it meant to be truly devastated by a disaster.
The light at the end of the tunnel came in the form of hurricane relief shippers. People from across the globe sought out ways to help in any way they could. Some donated to organizations such as the Red Cross or FEMA. Others volunteered their time, services, and skills to the victims of the destruction. Some even loaded up their car with relief supplies and drove right to the disaster area to distribute supplies. No matter the act, the efforts were greatly appreciated by those affected.
At FreightCenter we were witness to several people who utilized our services to freight ship relief supplies to loved ones, friends, and even complete strangers.
Churches rallied for relief supplies and then shipped off packages when their stash became adequate. Construction companies worked overtime to begin reconstructing homes and businesses. A long time FreightCenter customer—Enfield Enterprises—stepped up to the plate once the dust from Hurricane Irma settled. Enfield Enterprises sets up remote work sites—often in a warehouse—where they work under a FEMA contract to repair roofs of those affected by Irma.
Many have heard of the issues that arose once it came time to distribute relief supplies within Puerto Rico. The problem was not getting the supplies to Puerto Rico. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security said moving goods around the island posed a much bigger challenge, as many roads were impassable.
Rows among rows of refrigerated freight trucks sat humming, full of food, water, and medicines, with no way of getting these items on shelves. Still, trucks and shipping containers didn’t depart. It was estimated that the number of stranded crates reached an estimated total of 10,000. Ultimately, Puerto Rico’s supply chain was unfit for the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
For this reason, there was an extreme shortage of refrigerated trucks due to the amount of trucks that stayed in Puerto Rico to keep perishable supplies fresh. As refrigerated trucks begin to return to the states, we’re slowly able to accommodate the demand for refrigerated trucks once again.
Hurricane season officially ends on November 30, though it’s still possible that a tropical storm or hurricane could form. Experts at AccuWeather.com say it’s unlikely that a storm would develop and hit land.
Find out how you can make a difference by donating relief supplies to the victims of Hurricane Maria.