Gas stations

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 state required chains owning more than 10 stations in a county to have one portable generator that can be moved to different locations.
  • Then-Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law seven bills designed to strengthen the state’s emergency preparedness, including provisions to require certain gas stations along evacuation routes to have backup generators.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs settled cases with many gas stations after the 2004-05 hurricanes.