Truck Drivers Help Florida Hurricane Victims
Roadmaster’s corporate headquarters and admissions center are located in St. Petersburg, FL. We have three CDL training schools in Florida, as well as one in Georgia and North Carolina. That means that when hurricanes approach the east coast, it becomes an all-hands-on-deck situation for our whole company. We have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Of course, we want to keep our schools and equipment as safe as they can be, but that is the easy part.
First and foremost, is the safety of our students and their families. Many of our students travel far from home to attend Roadmaster and decisions need to be made quickly to ensure their safety. Unlike other hazardous weather events that occur spontaneously, hurricanes are detected well in advance and our students need to prepare. They need to have time to be able to secure their homes from water and wind, prepare for days or even weeks of power outages and the loss of basic infrastructure.
Once preparations are complete, there is nothing to do but wait and hope for the best. The winds howl, the trees shake, the rain comes down sideways and then . . . the power goes out. Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area of Florida in the early hours of an already somber September 11th.
When the storm passed and the sun rose, the extent of the damage to Florida’s basic infrastructure quickly became apparent. Water flooded roads and houses, electrical lines severed by toppled trees and a mountain of debris.
You try to call friends and family to check in with them, only to find that you have lost all connection to the outside world. The texts, phone calls, and Facebook posts that we all use to communicate on a daily basis are no longer an option.
Once the preparation is complete there is nothing to do but wait and hope for the best. The winds howl, the trees shake, the rain comes down sideways and then . . . the power goes out. Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area of Florida in the early hours of an already somber September 11th.
When the storm passed and the sun rose, the extent of the damage to Florida’s basic infrastructure quickly became apparent. Water flooded roads and houses, electrical lines severed by toppled trees and a blizzard of debris.
You try to call friends and family to check on them only to find that you have lost all connection to the outside world. The texts, phone calls, and Facebook posts that we all use to communicate on a daily basis are no longer an option.
As you venture out of your house to get the supplies, you quickly realize that the things we take for granted every day such as gas for our cars and generators, drinking water and even a hot meal, are now scarce. Slowly, patience begins to dwindle as long lines grow for what few supplies are available.
Patience then starts to turn to panic. You begin to wonder if there will be any gas left when you get to the front of the 3-hour line that you have been waiting in. Will the few restaurants with power still have food when you get there? How are you going to charge your cell phone?
Life, as you are used to living it, stops while you wait and hope for help to come.
Here Comes the Calvary!
That help came swiftly in the form of tractor-trailers hauling tons of life-saving supplies to our friends and neighbors in need. People honked horns, screamed “Thank You” and did whatever they could to show these drivers how much their efforts mean in such tough times. State Police escorted tractor-trailer convoys to ensure the safe and quick arrival of these life-saving supplies. Several trucking carriers sent their drivers to the hard-hit areas of Florida, including Werner Enterprises.
Now that life is starting to return to normal for many people and we reflect on the past week, I hope that people appreciate how our country responded when we needed them the most. I also hope that people see that Truck Drivers and the supplies they haul every day truly is the lifeblood of our country.
Without these professional truck drivers, many more lives would have been lost as a result of this storm. The supplies of water, generators, and other necessities that these drivers brought in has helped everyone in the hurricane’s path start to rebuild their lives.
Make a Difference
Many young people today say that they want a career that makes a difference. Professional Truck Drivers make a difference in every person’s life every single day. We typically don’t think much about how the coffee beans we crave, the building supplies we use to rebuild, or just about everything else we rely on for our daily lives gets to us. It is only when they are no longer available that makes you realize how vital truck drivers are to our way of life.
You too can make a difference and Roadmaster can train you to be a Class A CDL licensed Truck Driver in less than 4 weeks. Give us a call or fill out the form below to help keep America moving!
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises