Extreme Weather Risks Ahead

Are You Ready for 2024 Hurricane and Tornado Season?

Look at any weather forecasting service and you’ll find nearly unanimous agreement for an above-normal hurricane and tornado season from now to November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an 85% chance of a rise in the number of hurricanes, while the Storm Prediction Center says there have already been 781 preliminary tornado reports nationwide, far above the historical average of 549 such reports. AccuWeather predicts tornado activity from 1,250 to 1,375 tornadoes across the country. That’s less than the 1,423 tornadoes reported in 2023, but it’s still a huge number.

While hurricanes usually provide an advance warning of several days, tornadoes can crop up almost instantly from any thunderstorm and disappear just as fast. How do you anticipate and prepare for bad weather that could affect your operations? ICSA provides a link to a national weather forecast service at no cost to its members. Simply go to the ICSA website at www.safecarriers.org and click on the “check nationwide weather conditions” bar at the top of the home page. From the NOAA page you can zero in on a state, county, city and/or even zip codes to see what’s in the forecast for your destination.

Lastly, we urge you to check for extreme heat forecasts and plan accordingly. Whatever the season or the temperature, never set out in your rig without a supply of bottled water. Have a safe summer, everyone!

Supreme Court Overturns “Chevron Doctrine”

10 July 2024

Anyone who has been in business for any length of time can cite a number of times that federal regulatory agencies have had a free hand in regulating businesses such as trucking. That is why carriers and other industries that want a fair fight to challenge regulations in the future may have been given a gift from the U.S. Supreme Court June 28.

Miss the Deadline to Challenge a Regulation?

10 July 2024

This session, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine, a longstanding policy under which lower courts almost always sided with regulatory agency decisions where the intent of Congress was not clear. Overturning Chevron opened the door, many legal experts believe, to allowing challenges against many existing regulations.