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Alert: Hurricane Ian

Location  Florida Gulf Coast & Southeast United States

Description  As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center warns of life-threatening storm surge along the Florida west coast, with the highest risk occurring from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay area. Additionally, hurricane-force winds are expected to reach west-central Florida beginning Wednesday morning, September 28. Impacts from flooding rain, lingering wind, isolated tornadoes and coastal flooding aren’t expected to improve until Saturday, October 1.

Recommendation  Cargo thieves often use these types of events to take advantage of disrupted supply chains and target commodities which will be in high demand as a result of the natural disaster (i.e. Building & Supplies, Food & Drinks).

The Sensitech Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) recommends shippers continue to monitor developments throughout the week and confirm if destination facilities in the area will be impacted and have alternate plans for secure staging locations outside of the storm’s path. The SCIC continues to strongly recommend that shippers and manufacturers utilize covert GPS tracking as part of a layered security program to mitigate the risk of theft. In the event cargo is stolen, the ability to provide real-time, accurate location coordinates to law enforcement is an essential component of a successful recovery.

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