Emergencies and disasters can happen unexpectedly. It’s important to have a fuel delivery plan in place to keep a business running, even when fuel shortages and logistical hurdles happen. A well-crafted emergency fuel delivery plan can protect your company and help your employees know exactly what to do in case of an emergency.
Helpful Tips While Writing Your Emergency Fuel Delivery Plan
Your emergency fuel delivery plan needs to be written and implemented before hurricane season hits. This will undoubtedly prevent panic, maximize uptime, eliminate last-minute comprehension, and strengthen communication and expectations with your fuel supplier. The best time to prepare for an emergency is before it happens, not during. When you create your plan, consider the following items to include:
- Adequate amount of tanks
- Direct communication with a fuel provider
- Employee responsibilities
- Monitor on tanks
- Realistic schedule
There are other factors to consider to ensure your company is prepared for Mother Nature’s fierce storms. Consider the following ways you can protect your products:
- Will you need a back-up power generator and do you know the burn rate of your generator?
- It is best practice to have tanks filled to at least ¾ capacity prior to an emergency if possible. This provides you with supply during and after the storm as well as protects tanks from tipping over in high winds and/or floating off in a flood.
- In addition to tanks being filled, they should also be secured.
- Consider a fuel option for employees at your site for employees that may be critical to your operation for times when fuel may not be easily accessible at a retail outlet.
When your fuel supplier knows your emergency fuel plan, they are better equipped to respond to your emergency when it arises. It is extremely important to maintain communication with your fuel delivery provider to make sure an emergency plan is up to date and ready to go.