Posted on September 29, 2020Gasoline And Storm Prep: What Your Customers Need To Know The Atlantic Hurricane season is going strong and will be until the end of November. While luck has been on our side so far, the season has been abnormally active. It has been so active, in fact, that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is running headlines about the hurricane season thus far exhausting the “regular list of names.” What does that mean? “WMO maintains rotating lists of names in alphabetical order for tropical cyclones. Male and female names are alternated, and the lists are used every six years. If a hurricane is particularly devastating or deadly, its name will be retired and a new one selected,” WMO explains. There have been so many named storm systems this year, experts ticked off all but one name (Wilfred) as early as September 14. What does a particularly nasty hurricane season have to do with wholesale gasoline suppliers and those who purchase fuels in bulk? A lot, actually. Consumers stock up on gasoline for possible evacuations and/or to operate backup generators. Learn when gasoline and fuels are in high demand so you can be fully prepared to meet your customers’ needs. Fill Up Your Car As Soon As Possible Last year, U.S. men and women used as many as 142 billion gallons of gas to power their motor vehicles. That amounts to 390 million gallons every day. When a major storm is looming, that number goes up drastically. If you live in a state or region affected by hurricanes, you know about the long lines at the gas station leading up to the storm. Perhaps you can even remember pulling into gas stations to discover they are out of fuel altogether. These long lines form for a number of reasons. People want to be prepared to evacuate, they want to avoid the rush as well as any gasoline shortages, and they want to make sure to fill up their gas tank before establishments lose power. By purchasing wholesale gasoline and ensuring that your gas station is amply stocked, you can avoid all of the above scenarios. For extra assurance, make sure to buy enough gas for your own backup generators if applicable. Commercial generators may use diesel or natural gas, although traditional, diesel-powered generators are often easier to maintain. Safely Store Gasoline Ahead Of A Storm Sure, one option is to rush to the gas station at the first sign of a storm. Another option is to beat the rush in the first place. As long as your customers know how to safely store their gasoline, they can purchase it from you far in advance — before there is even a hint of a storm or an impending emergency. There are a few tricks to storing gas safely. Extra gas tanks should be stored in a cool, shady place out of the sun. Ideally, diesel should be used in three months or less. Pure gasoline will generally hold up for six months. In other words, it is safe and reasonable to buy gas at the beginning of the hurricane season, not at the beginning of the year. According to Bob Villa’s, you can extend the life of stored fuels by purchasing stabilizers. With stabilizers, it is possible to store extra diesel fuels and gasoline for up to 12 months. Do not store gasoline for a year without adding stabilizers. If you keep it around too long, fuel may prove ineffective or pose hazards. Purchase plenty of wholesale gasoline and, in turn, customers can purchase their emergency gas stores from you. Hurricane season is going strong. If you purchase enough wholesale gasoline and plan ahead, you can be your customers’ go-to resource in the event of a storm.