Hurricane Irma continues to be on track toward the U.S. coast, with the storm moving over the Caribbean islands and likely impacting Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas beginning this weekend.
Here are some additional updates that may be helpful:
- Drivers are reporting that only premium fuel is available at some Florida stations as supplies become limited. If you have a policy that forbids premium fuel, consider waiving this during the storm.
- Use our Hurricane Irma fuel locator to find gas stations that are open and selling fuel. Use this link: www.elementfleet.com/hurricane-irma-fuel-locator.
- Hurricane preparations closed many municipal government facilities and title and license agencies in Texas last week, and in Florida and Puerto Rico this week. As a result, you can expect some delays in title and registration in these areas. Texas area facilities have re-opened this week and are beginning to clear backlogs.
- In addition, Texas has issued a temporary waiver that suspends citations for expired registration for Texas residents of 58 counties. Law enforcement will issue only warnings for expired registrations from August 31 through October 16, 2017. For a list of counties and other details, visit http://www.txdmv.gov/harvey and click on the Vehicle License & Registration tab.
- Gas prices in Florida rose by an average of $.33/gallon in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Miami Herald. AAA suggests that ‘gas prices are reaching the point where they should begin to plateau,” based on wholesale prices.
Update - September 6, 2017
Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm with winds reaching 185 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s report Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico this afternoon and south Florida beginning this weekend, with the possibility for significant impacts across the region. Visit weather.com for the latest storm tracking.
As with Hurricane Harvey, Element is monitoring the situation carefully. We put in place a number of processes and resources for our customers and drivers to respond to Hurricane Harvey, and will continue with these to support you during the coming storm, as described below.
Element has put the following resources and processes in place to assist you and your drivers impacted by the storm:
- Fuel Finder Map: Use our new Fuel Finder Map to help drivers find open gas stations once it is safe to drive. This map shows only the stations that have recently sold gas in the Florida area; information on this site will be updated daily at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. ET and is subject to change. Visit www.elementfleet.com/hurricane-irma-fuel-locator.
- Prioritizing impacted drivers: Element Call centers for Customer Care, Managed Maintenance and Accident Management will prioritize calls from Florida area codes, in addition to those from Texas, impacted by the storm to ensure prompt service for those impacted. Our team is preparing for a potential influx of calls from this area.
- Element Telematics customers: You can use your Monitor platform for real time location information of vehicles in impacted areas.
- Rental Cars: Work with Element representatives on replacement vehicle requests. We have rental car representatives in our offices who are prioritizing Element driver requests.
- Keep in mind that: services such as roadside assistance, repairs and gas stations may be restricted or delayed during and after a severe weather event.
- Buy fuel before the storm hits: If there are station outages after the storm, find gas stations that are open and selling fuel with our fuel locator at www.elementfleet.com/hurricane-irma-fuel-locator
- Don't drive during a hurricane
- "Turn around and don't drown" - don't drive through flooded roads and avoid downed wires
- Get vehicles to a safe area at a higher elevation, if possible, to avoid flood damage
- Use company standard reporting process should your vehicle sustain storm damage
Watch these links to keep track of the storm information and the latest updates in Florida:
- Tracking map
- National Hurricane Center Public Advisory
- Florida Government State of Disaster Notice
- Key Safety Tips - FEMA
- Florida DOT Twitter Updates
Element will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as the situation changes.