Skip to comments.Florida DOT seeks solutions to fuel shortages during evacuations
Posted on 11/03/2017 11:12:26 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A few weeks after calling on the Florida Department of Transportation to re-examine hurricane evacuation routes, Gov. Rick Scott is now directing the agency to look for ways to increase fuel capacity during such emergencies.
During evacuations for Hurricane Irma, gas stations around the state reported running out of fuel. Scott said the FDOT study, which would be submitted in January, address such shortages and how to overcome them.
Last month, 6.8 million Floridians evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Irma, the largest evacuation in U.S. history, and we are committed to making sure our state remains fully prepared for any potential disaster, Scott said in a statement. Increasing the availability of fuel for evacuations at Florida gas stations is a top priority, and I look forward to reviewing FDOTs findings.
FDOT will work with other state agencies, Florida ports, law enforcement and fuel retailers on how to increase fuel capacity during emergencies, the statement says.
Before and after Irmas arrival, Scott had ordered law enforcement to escort fuel trucks. At one point, more than half of gas stations in South Florida and up into Jacksonville reported being out of fuel. After the storm, the states ports were out of commission and could not accept fuel shipments, which exacerbated the post-Irma fuel shortage.
Scott also hopes to improve evacuation routes from the Interstate 75/Florida Turnpike Interchange near Wildwood to the Florida-Georgia state line and has directed FDOT to work with other agencies to look for solutions. That report is also expected in January.
After all these decades, it’s a good question to be asked.
let the free market reign; allow the price to rise and youll see plenty of fuel
the free market
I have been developing a car that runs on panic. I’ll need a few million in federal grants to complete my research.
Let fuel distributors set up temporary fuel stations along evacuation routes - park a tanker with a car dispenser with police protection present. Have many of these set up.
When all lanes are N bound there is no way for the fuel trucks to get to the stations.
Thats the problem not supply and demand
This is why mass evacuation is a bad policy.
Didn’t they CLOSE OFF the south-bound lanes because of this and then people screamed at the traffic jams?
It’s probably best that most people don’t evacuate. More people get hurt preparing for or avoiding storms than get hurt by them.
I wonder if a few extra pipelines would be helpful.
Allow free market pricing to prevail during disasters and there’ll be adequate fuel available.
But imposing price controls is a proven way to cause supplies to dry up.
What the heck, dude? Now we can’t spend billions of dollars in research grants and federal tax funding to resolve the issue over the next two decades. Wow, you suck.
I wonder what the ratio of deaths were between those that evacuated vs those that remained in place; there were some deaths due to accidents while evacuating.
>> “Let fuel distributors set up temporary fuel stations along evacuation routes...” <<
You still have to fill up the temp equipment Einstein!
People have enough time to stock. This is not a government problem.
EEEEK!!! EEEEEVIL PIPELINES!!!
What about required generators at every gas station from 2005?