Fill ‘er up: Get gas early to avoid lines
Many gas stations are now powered by generators, which means they’ll be up and running following a storm. But not all of them.
If you want to avoid long lines, fill up your car and home generator before a storm. But, experts recommend you not have several auxiliary tanks.
More than 10,000 Floridians complained to state agencies about steep increases in the price of gasoline after Hurricane Ike in 2008. At least two retail stations agreed to settlements of price-gouging allegations for about $6,000. A grab bag of such settlements with small-scale businesses is typical after a disaster.
In 2006, a number of provisions were made by governments in an attempt to improve access to gasoline after a storm including:
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs settled cases with many gas stations after the 2004-05 hurricanes.