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Floridians have in recent years suffered through severe hurricanes that brought devastation to local communities, and through each one James Sadler set out to ensure supplies and food were available both before and after these storms make landfall.
As the Director of Transportation and Fleet Maintenance for Publix Super Markets, Sadler is a leader in army of truck drivers and other professionals who have the equipment, processes and supplies to ensure people get the aid they need in the wake of a storm.
During three of Florida’s most recent storms — Hurricanes Ian, Nicole and Idalia — Sadler coordinated efforts by the employee-owned supermarket for delivery of a total of 1,425 trailer loads of water and 200 trailer loads of ice.
“The most significant challenges to providing relief after a hurricane passes, are [assessing if] can you safely access impacted areas and logistics due to road closures and accessibility. Power outages are also another opportunity. The team evaluates road and weather conditions, then we evaluate the ability of our drivers to safely make deliveries. I cannot stress enough the importance of safety, which is the first thing we consider in everything we do,” he explained.
Sadler is being recognized as one of Transport Topics ’ Trucking’s Frontline Heroes for 2023 on Oct. 17 during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas.
For the full story visit: https://heroes.ttnews.com/articles/2023-heroes-james-sadler
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