It’s a not-so-distant memory South Floridians would like to forget
, but think back to the 2005 Hurricane Season … No
electricity for days … weeks … months.
Dodging cars and trucks at almost every intersection --- at one point , only 18 of 3 ,500
traffic light signals were in working order.
Grocery stores open --- paper products and canned goods only --- as all
the refrigerated and frozen food had spoiled.
Gas stations with fuel , but
no power to pump it to vehicles.
the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring all gas stations with 16 fueling
positions --- eight dispensers accessed from both sides --- to be wired so
generators can power the pumps , cash
registers , and critical equipment during outages. The legislation requires only
that gas stations be pre-wired for a generator ,
but does not mandate that all operations have a generator on site. Only those gas station owners with 10 or more
filling stations in a single county are required to have portable generators , in addition to the pre-wiring mandate.
Some grocery chains also have plans to “power up” after a hurricane.
Keep in mind that a hurricane could damage or devastate
any gas station or grocery store ,
rendering it inoperable.