fleetdigest October 2018
The October 2018 issue of fleetdigest is now available online. You can flip through it here, but first, a few words from the Associate Publisher of fleetdigest, Jack Kazmierski.
Is your fleet ready for the worst nature has in store?
According to a report published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, time is running out for our planet. Scientists say we’ve got about a dozen years to curtail climate change, after which we’re going to see significantly more natural disasters including floods, extreme heat waves, wild fires, rising water levels, etc.
Whether you wholeheartedly subscribe to the idea that our planet is barrelling uncontrollably towards a hopeless future, whether you don’t believe the report at all, or whether you fall somewhere in between, you have to admit we’ve been seeing some pretty wacky weather here in Canada recently.
Let’s assume for a moment that the latest climate change reports are correct, and that we’re heading towards that hopeless future. What does that mean to the average fleet manager?
Well, wouldn’t it make sense to prepare now? Perhaps now is the best time to look at the emergency preparedness plans you hopefully have in place for your drivers. Do they know what to do when they encounter dangerous weather? Is there a protocol? Do they know about it?
Let’s assume, for example, that one of your drivers had been caught in the Ottawa area when that tornado hit. Would they know what to do? Would you have some way to contact them to give them instructions, even if your primary communication tools weren’t working?
What about supplies? Do you have a policy in place that requires all vehicles to have blankets, water, a first-aid kit, etc. just in case a driver is stranded during a blizzard, for instance? That’s a definite possibility here in Canada, especially during the winter months when a sunny day can turn into a blinding snow storm within hours.
A message to doubters
If you doubt that weather patterns are going to get more extreme in the coming years, you’re still better off preparing for the worst, while you hope for the best.
Maybe your drivers will never need that extra blanket, the candles, or the first-aid kit. But wouldn’t it give you, and them, the peace of mind that comes from knowing that everyone is prepared, and that everyone has a better chance of making it back home to their loved ones, no matter how dramatic our weather might be?