Friday, July 12, 2019 — As Tropical Storm Barry was traveling toward the Louisiana coastline today, government officials from state and federal agencies were taking steps to prepare critical infrastructure stakeholders to respond in the face of the unfolding natural disaster.
At the same time, United Motorcoach Association President and CEO Stacy Tetschner reached out to members in the affected area reminding them of UMA’s resources and conveying the association’s ongoing support for members. “The motorcoach industry has always been a leader in pitching in during and after natural disasters, and as such we are poised to support you,” Tetschner said.
In addition to offering support, UMA shared with members critical information from the following state and federal entities:
- National Weather Service
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration –
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Louisiana Department of Transportation
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders Call for companies with assets and/or operations in Barry’s anticipated path. UMA shared instructions on how to participate.
UMA’s Ken Presley, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations/COO, alerted UMA members to the reality of rising fuel prices as refineries in the Gulf of Mexico were forced to shut down to ride out the storm. “The storm is impacting refinery operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” Presley said. “and oil prices have risen to a seven-week high. Bus and motorcoach operations should consider hedging additional increases.”