In January of 2014, severe winter conditions in Michigan forced the hand of Gov. Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency to address shortages of heating oil and propane. It was a winter that Michigan residents aren’t likely to forget as the fuel shortage virtually threatened their survival.
The declaration suspended the normal restrictions on service hours for fuel carriers and drivers in the state. This means fuel delivery vehicles are able to travel beyond their allowed hours, but must carry with them a copy of the governor’s emergency declaration. The executive order was issued to ensure the supply of heating oil and propane throughout the cold spell in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan residents.
Commercial power plant shutdowns or fuel shortages caused by accidents, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice and snow storms or other weather extremes certainly highlight the need for onsite fuel delivery services. In the case of Michigan’s cold spell, they were in dire need of heating oil and propane. Onsite fuel service companies could augment the city government’s efforts by supplying vital businesses with fuel for backup generators and service vehicles of hospitals, police, and fire/rescue units.
Most backup generators hold a supply of propane or diesel fuel that allow them to run for up to 24 hours. Establishments like pharmacies and food retailers that are needed in times of crisis require the much-needed emergency fuel to operate continuously until commercial power is restored and life can return to normal.