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NEED FOR TRUCKS REMAINS CRITICAL IN HURRICANE DISASTER AREAS

 NEED FOR TRUCKS REMAINS CRITICAL IN HURRICANE DISASTER AREAS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Hours after Hurricane Andrew swept through South Florida, the first trucks bearing relief supplies arrived in the devastated areas.
 In the days since the disaster, the need for trucks to transport food, medicine and shelter remains critical. And still more trucks will be needed to carry the goods that will help the victims rebuild their lives.
 "All the food, the building materials and medical supplies -- literally everything that people need down there -- is coming off of trucks right now, this minute," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
 "But there's plenty more to be done," Donohue said. "Trucks will be delivering goods down there long after the last reporter leaves."
 Hundreds of motor carriers -- from the nation's largest truck fleets to individual owner-operators -- answered the call from ATA to help the hurricane victims in an unprecedented industry-wide effort.
 "Millions of Americans were willing to donate what they could to help the hurricane victims. It took a strong, united effort by the nation's trucking industry to move it all down there," Donohue said.
 Motor carriers swamped ATA's Alexandria, Va., headquarters with offers of help shortly after the storm passed. Carriers from California to Maine responded, and thousands of trucks soon hit the road in the initial phase of the relief effort.
 Drivers donated their time, carriers risked damage to their valuable tractors and trailers, and companies absorbed the cost of thousands of dollars worth of fuel and manpower, in the nation's largest transportation effort since Operation Desert Storm.
 Among the aid sent or soon on the way: a 34-ton debris shredder on a specialized rig from New Jersey; a shipment of ice in a refrigerated trailer from Wisconsin; baby food and medical supplies in a moving van from Connecticut; debris-collection containers that can roll on and off a customized trailer from Pennsylvania; batteries and generators from North Carolina on a tractor-trailer.
 ATA, in cooperation with federal authorities, is continuing to coordinate offers of assistance from the nation's motor carriers, organize that information and send it to relief agencies operating in areas damaged by the hurricane.
 "The trucking industry has the people and the equipment to do the job," said Donohue. "We're proud to help."
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mason of the American Trucking Associations, 703-838-7935/ CO: American Trucking Associations ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU:


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