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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the state of Florida with catastrophic 180 mph winds, storm surge and rainfall. 

Media Contacts
Jeff Lenard; or (703) 518-4272

Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
Ned Bowman; or (850) 877-5178

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
Angela Holland; or (770) 597-1741

American Red Cross
NACS has partnered with the Red Cross to help facilitate collecting donations during the community's time of need. The Red Cross also has information on disaster preparedness.

Updates from the Florida Governor's Office

​Updates from the Federal Government
On Sept. 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a waiver of the federal requirements for low volatility "summertime" gasoline requirementsin all east coast states located in PADD 1, all midwestern states located in PADD 2, an all Gulf coast states located in PADD 3. In addition, EPA waived the Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) requirements in these same states. This waiver supersedes the August 31 waiver of the gasoline requirements for PADDs 1-3. 

The EPA has issued emergency waivers of certain fuel standards and hours of operation in affected areas.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) has suspended certain operating requirements, including the hours of service limitations, for drivers providing “direct assistance to the emergency,” including transporting supplies or people into or from affected areas. FMCSA also published a notice that it will not be enforcing certain fee provisions​, namely fees for temporary operating authority applications issued during an emergency, against motor carriers who are working to provide direct assistance to states affected by Hurricane Irma. Affected states and jurisdictions include: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both declarations are effective as of Sept. 6 and will remain in effect until October 5, or for the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.

Fuel Supply and Infrastructure

Convenience Matters Podcast 
Additional NACS Resources
  • "When Mother Nature Strikes" provides information on how to prepare and recover from natural disasters.
  • "Lost at Sea:" The Jones Act continues to impact industries, including fuel retailing, that rely on goods transported by sea. 
  • "Weathering the Storm:" Climatic events present a challenge to retailing efficiency, with fuel and inside sales both affected by tumultuous weather.  
  • After Hurricane Katrina, read how one NACS Member stayed in business.

Disaster Recovery & Relief
Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, open shelters and recovery centers and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Unfortunately, disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services. Click here to read “How To Avoid and Report Scam Artists After a Disaster.”

Florida Statistics
  • Florida is home to 9,930 convenience stores, with 6,639 of those stores selling gasoline
  • Florida is the third most populous state with 20.6 million residents​