Hurricane Maria: Information and Updates for Your Fleet

This page will be updated as we receive new information, so check back regularly for the most current announcements. 

September 21, 2017 04:41 p.m. CDT

Hurricane Maria has regained some of its strength as the National Hurricane Center has officially classified the storm as a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 115 mph. According to CNN, the storm is not currently expected to impact the east coast of the U.S. However, Maria’s path is not set in stone so landfall on the east coast is not out of the question. As of right now, experts say that, regardless of whether or not the storm makes landfall, residents of the east coast should expect “high surf, dangerous rip currents and breezy, windy conditions.”

Weather Safety Tips:

For your continued safety, we’ve provided links to information below on how to prepare for and stay safe when finding yourself in an area that may be impacted by hurricanes or driving through flooded areas.

Personal Hurricane Disaster Plan - Hertz
Hurricane Safety Tips - National Geographic
Tips for Navigating Flooded Roadways – Chicago Tribune

Fuel Update:

In the event of a fuel shortage, keep in mind:

  • It is suggested that you top off all vehicles with fuel in order to ensure that your evacuation continues if you run into fuel shortages.
  • Fleet managers may want to consider setting “emergency limits” on fuel cards for drivers who may be buying more fuel than usual in order to escape the storm. As a reminder, you can increase your fuel limit temporarily by contacting your Donlen account manager.
  • If you do set emergency limits, be sure to set a reminder to switch back to a normal limit once the emergency has passed.

If you or any of your drivers think that you may be impacted by the storm, please use caution while behind the wheel. Remember to remain aware of other drivers and your surroundings, including road conditions.

We’ll continue monitoring Hurricane Maria as the storm progresses. Check back here for more updates.