One of the biggest problems facing communities after hurricanes is gas stations are closed because electric power is lost.

Without fuel, evacuating and recovery is slowed to a crawl.

Recovery could be much faster if all gas stations were required to have their own generators.

A small, inexpensive generator could run all the gas pumps and help everyone evacuate and recover much more quickly.

James Pierce



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Chris Tucker

Why should gas stations be required to have generators? They are private for profit businesses. It is up to them whether they decide to incur the cost and potential liability of having generators. Additionally even if they have a generator they may not be able to staff the business during the event. FEMA, Red Cross, State and Local authorities recommend everyone to have a plan for an event such as a hurricane. Also they clearly state it will be AT LEAST 72 HOURS after the completion of the event before you can expect to see the initial response. I encourage everyone to develop and implement a plan suitable for you and your family which if you so chose includes potable water, non perishable food, box fans, small window A/C, generator with enough fuel for at least 72 hours. If you chose to do so then have taken control of your situation and aren't dependent on others. Additionally I encourage your plan to include your neighbors who are elderly, infirmed or those who are less fortunate due to circumstances beyond their control. Remember it wasn't raining when Noah started building the Ark.

T.W. Day

As I was returning to Texas from Virginia last year on I-20 I had the unfortunate situation of going through Louisiana after their last hurricane and all of the service stations were without power. I needed gas. Bad. I thought that if I had a service station I would most definitely have a generator to be able to run my pumps. Its just smart economically. There is one problem though. Eventually the service stations will run out of fuel and if the supplier is having issues with deliveries then having a generator is a moot point.

Carlos Ponce

Whether to have an on site generator or not is an economic decision to be made by the owner not the government. Over regulation stifled small business during the Obama regime. Let's not repeat that mistake.

Jim Forsythe

Below was in 2012. The state laws may have changed since then. Requiring a alternative energy source is a state responsibility, not a Federal one.

Florida and Louisiana appear to be the only states that require fueling facilities, including certain gas stations, to be able to switch to an alternative energy source during a power outage. They do not actually require the stations to have generators on-site. A Washington law that provided excise tax credits for alternative power generation devices for stations expired in 2011.

Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 526.143) requires motor fuel (1) service stations near interstate highways or evacuation routes, (2) terminals, and (3) wholesalers to have transfer switches and appropriate wiring to transfer the electrical load from a utility to an alternate generated power source in the event of a power failure. It requires corporations or entities with at least 10 service stations in a county to have access to at least one portable generator.

Like Florida, Louisiana law (La. Rev. Stat. § 2195.12) requires certain service stations to be wired with a transfer switch and capable of switching to an alternate generated power source in the event of a power outage. But Louisiana's law applies only to new or completely rebuilt service stations in the southern portion of the state.

After a string of hurricanes swept through the south of Florida in 2004 and 2005, lawmakers passed a bill requiring that any fill stations on evacuation routes install transfer switches, allowing them to switch over to generator power in the case of an emergency.

Oil companies with over 10 stations in one county—like Exxon Mobil and Shell—need to have portable generators available within 24 hours. Smaller gas station chains are exempt from that rule, but some still have transfer switches installed or generators on hand.

Ted Gillis


Jim Forsythe

Ted, do not respond to the post that is trying to interject a red herring into a conversation about gas.

Carlos Ponce

Jim is our expert on gas. Have you tried Gas-X?

Charles Douglas

Mr. Ponce> Ahhhhhhjhhhhhahahahaha! We need a little humor on this thing! Many of us have been angry, and levied for months since they engineered Joe China into the Oval Office! He has been like Bull in China Shop since that time, tearing down what others built up, destroying what others created, and giving away what others have earned! Lastly, I close with a question about the elephant in the room! WHERE IS KAMALA - KAMALA? The LEFT elected her,...then let her have her chance to tear up, and destroy! That is what Ole Joe China is doing! We not gonna have no discrimination here now!!!! Let Kamala go,....let out of that hole yall are hiding her in!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!

Gary Miller

Any law requiring gas stations to have backup power should include an automatic price increase. Enough to cover all costs related to providing the emergency service. With the price increase most would have the backup without a law mandating it.

Mary Gillespie

I don't think this proposal would help with evacuation - the time to get out is before a storm hits, a time at which generators are totally unnecessary. Generators wouldn't help much with recovery after a storm, as civil authorities aren't going to let people return to their homes until downed power lines are safe and power is restored to hospitals. This would mean at least a few gas stations would likely be operable.

George Croix

Rather than hope gas stations look out for us, here's a thought:

If you have a SAFE place to store it during storm season, and rather than sit in a gas station line burning gas waiting and hoping some will be left when it's your turn at the pump, far better to buy 2 or 3 (or, 5...Ok, a b..i..t anal....) GOOD quality 5 gal gas containers, a bottle of Stabil Storage to add to it, and a long plastic funnel that FITS YOUR GAS TANK FILLER OPENING (not all do).

Fill them to a bit less than full for expansion and less spill/slosh, add the Stabil STORAGE (not all Stabil is the same) as directed, and then you have a small reserve on hand requiring no gas used from your tank to get it. The only negative is the &*^%$ stupid enviro nozzle that will be on each one, but that, too, is easy to replace with a better option.

If you have a gasoline powered generator, depending on size, you could easily use those 15 gallons up in 2 days...or less....and at only 25 to 50% rated load. Even my little Honda 2000 would only last 5 days at reduced loads.

Disregard the Big Box Store salesman telling you otherwise....

No negatives, IF a SAFE place to store.

If a panic evac you have 15 gals to take with you if you have a vehicle that can carry it. Everybody else evac-ing will be at the gas stations ahead of you....waiting....

I use mine up in the trucks/UTV after storm season then start fresh again next year, even though properly used Stabil STORAGE will last longer.

Will still do once the Generac Whole House is installed later this year...

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