Tuesday September 11, 2018
Safety is our number one priority. As your fuel partner, consider these tips to protect your business and your physical fuel assets and get safely back up and running after the storm.
- Record manual or automatic tank gauge readings of the tank before you take it out of service.
- Check fill caps and adapters for tightness, and make sure they are locked in place.
- Check any other possible openings where water could enter, including the interstitial space of a double wall tank.
- If there is a ball valve or other block valve on the product piping at the submerged pump, close and secure it.
- At the dispensers, close all impact/emergency valves by tripping the lever. Even if your dispensers don’t get submerged, the force of flood waters or other floating objects could knock dispensers loose.
- Turn off all power to pumps and dispensers, automatic tank gauges and other components.
- For USTs, the product level in the tank doesn’t matter as long as you are sure they have adequate anchorage to prevent floating. Consider filling the tanks with product if you are uncertain that your tanks are anchored. However, the risk you take is that no matter what you do, you cannot ensure the integrity of the system, and water may enter the tanks and displace product into the environment.
- If there is any possibility that flood levels could reach higher than the tank vents (12 feet), extend them with PVC pipe or other means.
- Unit aboveground storage tanks (steel tanks mounted in their own steel containment dikes) should have the dike drainage valves opened. This will allow flood waters to enter the diked area to help keep the unit tank from moving. Close drains as soon as possible after any flooding event.
Hurricane Florence is a serious weather event that should be considered dangerous to all within its path. If forecasts are accurate, there could be massive infrastructure damage that impacts hundreds of thousands of people, residences, and businesses up and down the Eastern seaboard. The good news is there is time to prepare your business to weather the storm.
Take the time now to protect yourself, your business, and your employees.
(bullet points from Disaster Planning for Petroleum Storage Facilities document, as forwarded by the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association, Sept 11, 2018)