May 7, 2020
Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) launched an exemplary new Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) app, which DHS funded and INL developed in partnership with PMAA through the All Hazards Consortium’s working group, and other industry and government operational professionals.
This free app incorporates vetted data to plot multiple automated, or custom, routing options while also providing state by state information on regulatory waivers, government closures, prohibitions, restrictions on movement, and other orders that affect intrastate and interstate transportation during state and federal emergency declarations. PMAA worked closely with CISA and its government partners ondevelopment of the app to give marketers, drivers, and state association executives the ability to determine in real-time, the full impact of emergency declarations on petroleum marketers and heating oil providers in the states and across the nation.
The App includes a one-touch interactive map that allows planners, drivers, and decision-makers to develop strategies necessary to maintain efficient and uninterrupted marketing operations during the COVID-19 environment or other disasters or restrictions. CDL renewal extensions, state driver license agency closures, CDL driver medical renewal grace periods, rest stops and parking closures, and increased size and weight limitations are included for the entire driver route.
There are two URLs for access to the Commercial Routing App (CRA). The CRA tool can be accessed via the DHS public URL at https://cra.inl.gov, or alternatively through the All Hazards Consortium/PMAA private URL at http://www.commroute1.org which includes a short video tutorial on how to use the website.
PMAA members should use www.commroute1.org as far more information (such as training webinars and an extensive PPE directory which includes real-time inventory availability) will be available via this URL (but not on the public site) within the next few weeks.