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U.S. TRUCKING INDUSTRY OFFERS AID IN HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

 U.S. TRUCKING INDUSTRY OFFERS AID IN HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Motor carriers from across the nation have offered to haul food, water and emergency supplies into storm-ravaged South Florida and Louisiana, as part of an industrywide relief effort coordinated by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
 Carriers from as far away as California have pledged their support to help the thousands left homeless and without food or water in the wake of Hurricane Andrew -- one of the century's most severe hurricanes.
 "It's going to take an enormous effort to bring a sense of order back to those regions," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of ATA. "We're just thankful that our industry is made up of so many people who are willing to pitch in."
 Since ATA issued its appeal to carriers Aug. 25, several hundred motor carriers have offered to help in the relief effort. ATA is coordinating offers of assistance from motor carriers in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Interstate Commerce Commission.
 Offers received at ATA since Hurricane Andrew struck on Tuesday have ranged from individual owner-operators and drivers to some of the nation's largest truck fleets.
 From New Jersey, a specialized rig is on the way to South Florida with an oversized torque grinder, used to chop up fallen trees and other debris. A Wisconsin-based trucking company is hauling refrigerated trailers full of ice into the Miami area.
 In Harrisburg, Pa., and many other communities around the nation, volunteers are gathering trailer-loads of donated goods -- clothes and non-perishable food -- that will be trucked to the hurricane victims.
 Other motor carriers have offered their food-grade tank trucks, flatbeds and heavy-equipment haulers.
 "With so many people in need of food, clothing and shelter, the call went out to someone who could help get lots of relief supplies into the disaster areas quickly," Donohue said. "We in the trucking industry are the only ones who can provide this kind of help."
 Motor carriers who are interested in assisting the relief efforts in South Florida or Louisiana can call ATA's Office of Public Affairs at 703-838-1873 for more information.
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 /CONTACT: John Doyle of the American Trucking Associations, 703-838-1912/ CO: American Trucking Associations ST: District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana IN: TRN SU:


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