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Posted August 30, 2021

Hurricane Ida Updates and Resources

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Hurricane Ida landed Sunday in New Orleans and quickly laid claim as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. All of New Orleans’ power was knocked out, which during a time of intense heat in the region impacts residents’ essential access to air conditioning. Roofs were blown off buildings, and widespread destruction came in the storm’s path. Ida, a category four storm, landed on the same day Katrina made landfall 16 years earlier, causing widespread flooding in a region with more than two million inhabitants.

Watch the weather and keep your fleet safe

The safety of your fleet should be your number one priority during natural disasters like Hurricane Ida. Fleets in the path of the storm can stay up-to-date with the latest weather updates via local news or NOAA Weather Radio. Once the storm hits, stay off the roads. Do not drive around barricades. Emphasize to your drivers that almost half of all flood fatalities occur in vehicles, and a mere two feet of water can sweep away a car, truck, or SUV.

Have a communication plan with your fleet drivers

If you don’t already have an emergency communication plan in place, create one now. Make sure your drivers have an emergency contingency plan, including where they should go if they are caught in the storm.

Stay updated on Hurricane Ida and keep your fleet updated

These resources provide up-to-the-minute information on Hurricane Ida:

Get relief from Hurricane Ida

If you are caught in an area impacted by the hurricane, avail yourself of these relief services:

WEX Fleet resources during a natural disaster

Resources: 
AP News
CNN
The New York Times

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Nori Gale

Nori is a digital content marketer for WEX and is based out of our Portland office. Nori joined WEX in 2019, bringing over 20 years of creative experience in digital marketing and content writing. Nori is focused on enhancing our thought leadership messaging and driving more meaningful engagement on WEXinc.