Emergency Planning Resources
NACS has developed resources to help convenience retailers develop or enhance their disaster planning procedures. These NACS resources are a result of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Protection Program Challenge, which was awarded to NACS in 2018 to identify and enhance how convenience stores can boost their resiliency as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster, whether man-made or natural.
Overview of the functions needed to protect a store before an emergency, operate a store during an emergency, and restore the business quickly after an event.
Tasks and checklists for specific functions that store employees perform during disaster planning and recovery. The Job Aids can also be used as on-boarding training, refresher training or immediate training when emergency conditions approach.
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Guidance provided in these resources was developed from current emergency preparedness and recovery practices from more than 20 convenience retailers located in each region throughout the United States, as well as government regulatory requirements and professional association recommendations.
There are more than 153,000 convenience stores in the United States, of which about 122,000 stores sell an estimated 80% of the fuel in the country. Convenience stores also operate one-third of all ATMs. In areas affected by disasters, convenience stores with generators may serve as the only source of electricity to recharge phones, as well as keep fueling dispensers operational for first responders to access.