Are you ready for the next severe storm? Disaster preparedness for the annual storm season and any other emergencies is critical to personal and public safety for both homeowners and businesses. Proper preparation means that you’re ready before the onset of the storm season. Power outages during a storm are common and inconvenient for all of those affected. It’s important to keep the power running at residential, agricultural, and business sites to keep everyone safe and maintain efficient operations that require electricity and fuel.
Onsite fuel storage saves you the trouble of waiting in long lines at gas service stations during emergencies when supply is in high demand and not as readily available. We are going to discuss the practical uses of fuel tanks, for severe storm preparation.
Uses for Fuel Storage Tanks
Sometimes destructive storms and emergency events can cause power outages that last for several days, which is why it’s necessary to plan for this situation ahead of time. Depending on the storage site and level of use, there are different types and sizes of fuel tanks, such as mobile and stationary options. In general, aboveground storage tanks (AST) are safer, more accessible, and easier to maintain and relocate than underground tanks, in terms of refilling and inspection purposes.
Bulk fuel storage in small or large quantities is an important part of emergency response plans at residential and commercial properties. The different kinds of fuel you could store include: gas, oil, diesel or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), heating oil, and biofuels.
The advantages of storing fuel onsite allow home and business owners to power backup generators, fleet transportation, vehicles, fuel oil systems, and industrial equipment. Being able to cook, heat or cool indoor buildings, use medical devices, have access to running water and equipment are all necessary for our safety and survival in natural disaster situations.
Safe Storage Tank Practices
There are some things to consider when selecting and installing fuel tanks, including: placement, maintenance, safety hazards, and local policy regulations. It’s a good idea to check with your local fire department for current regulations and policy information about storing fuel onsite before choosing a storage tank.
All tanks must have an accurate label displaying the contents inside and fuel capacity limit to prevent safety hazards. The tanks should be placed on a flat, solid surface with a strong foundation, like a concrete platform base. Also, they should not be close to property lines or building structures (industry professionals recommend 40-50 feet away), but in a well-ventilated area that is not in direct sunlight. Keep any vegetation and combustibles away from the tank storage location. Make sure there is a containment basin beneath the fuel tank (if it’s a single-walled style) to catch potential fuel spills or leaks. For larger storage tanks, install a barrier or fence surrounding the area to protect tanks from external impacts. Additionally, ensure that you anchor the fuel tank in place to prevent damage or displacement during severe storms. Most importantly, you must perform regular maintenance and visual inspections to check if the tank is functioning properly and free of corrosion or damage, such as cracks and leaks.
Plastic Mart’s fuel tanks are available in high quality polyethylene and steel for your specific storage needs, with capacity ranges between 6-1000 gallons. Stationary AST, like FuelCube, are double-walled steel — which means that you won’t need a containment basin — and ideal for backup fuel supply and fleet refueling (tank capacity range between 250-1,000 gallons). Portable diesel tank solutions allow for quick refueling because they’re easy to transport with a truck or trailer. Other styles include the portable Todd Gas Caddy, andj Cross Link fuel tank (great for generator use). Let our professional team and products provide you with the peace of mind to weather the next storm and contact us today!